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Deadly week for pedestrians increases calls for safety

Three fatal pedestrian accidents in three days on Oahu are increasing calls for more safety. Three fatal pedestrian accidents in three days on Oahu are increasing calls for more safety.
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Three fatal accidents involving pedestrians in three days on Oahu is increasing calls for more safety, even as advocates admit there's no quick fix.

A small memorial marks the crosswalk at North King Street and Russell Lane in Kalihi, where 55-year-old Dominador Aguilar, Jr., was hit and killed by a city bus before dawn Thursday. His brother arrived in the state Saturday, and expressed frustration.

"There's been accidents here before, and nothing has been done to at least make the situation better by having good lighting, or having a stop light here because this is a major crosswalk," said Angel Aguilar.

A few hours after Dominador Aguilar was hit, 79-year-old Alicia Moreno died after she was hit by an SUV in a crosswalk on Kailua Road. On Saturday, a 71-year-old man died after an accident with a city bus in Waikiki.

A recent study from the AARP showed that Hawaii was the worst state when it came to the number of deaths involving pedestrians age 65 and over. The report said nationally, most pedestrian deaths happen on roadways it says are "dangerous by design, engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for pedestrian safety."

"There are certain areas and certain crosswalks that do, unfortunately, exhibit a higher danger rate," said Bruce Bottorff of AARP Hawaii.

Bottorff said more education for drivers and pedestrians is needed as the potential for accidents keeps increasing.

"We've also known that we've got a population that's aging rapidly and that the number of vehicles on the road tend to increase as well, so we've got a dangerous mix here," he said.

Angel Aguilar said he's now on a mission to increase safety, especially at the North King Street crosswalk so close to his brother's home.

"He's our beloved brother, and no one prepared us for this."

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71-year-old man killed after being struck by bus in Waikiki

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55-year-old pedestrian dies after being struck by city bus in Kalihi

 

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