Authorities are looking into the bus drivers' actions in both Saturday's deadly accident and one three days earlier on Thursday in Kalihi.They say the investigation could lead to criminal charges in either or both cases.The bus driver in Thursday’s crash.
A pair of red shoes and a blue baseball cap litters the road in Waikiki where a 71-year-old man attempted to get onto the bus.
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Authorities are looking into whether two city bus drivers were negligent in the deaths of two pedestrians last week.
Honolulu police have reclassified both deaths as negligent homicide cases, which is routine procedure after a pedestrian is killed by any driver. Prosecutors and police must now confer to decide if the bus drivers will face charges.
The bus driver in Thursday’s crash in Kalihi is under investigation because the 55-year-old man who died, Dominador Aguilar Jr., was in a marked crosswalk.
That driver has been with Oahu Transit Services for seven years.
In Saturday's crash in Waikiki, police sources say the bus driver overshot the stop on Ala Moana Blvd. A 71-year-old man struggled to catch up to the bus. Witnesses say it appeared the driver didn't see him and took off. The man fell down and the back two tires ran him over. Police sources say other evidence show the bus driver acted negligently.
"I can definitely see that happening, for sure. It's kinda sad to say, but sometimes things like that will happen when you don't do your job and it's just frustrating," said Tyler Garcia.
Garcia catches the bus to and from work. He says bus drivers often overshoot the stop and need to be more aware of their surroundings.
"I mean that's part of their job description. They're taught to do that. You shouldn't have a license to drive such a big vehicle if you don't pay attention to your surroundings," Garcia said.
"The bus drivers I think have to exercise little more caution,” said David Lee who also rides the bus.
“I know it’s hard because I know they have a lot of distractions. But we want everyone to be safe and we want the buses to run properly as well," Lee said.