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Grandfather killed by suspected drunk driver

Honolulu police arrested Barbara Hazama, 52, for negligent homicide and for DUI. Honolulu police arrested Barbara Hazama, 52, for negligent homicide and for DUI.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Nu'uanu family is devastated after losing the grandfather they called "papa".

Andrew Park Jr., 75, a carpenter who loved fishing, was killed by a suspected drunk driver at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say Park was crossing the street on Nu'uanu Avenue and Bates Street when a Ford Focus plowed into him.

The driver lives in Kaneohe. Police say she was heading makai. It's unclear where she was coming from, where she was going, or why she was allegedly driving drunk at 5:00 a.m. But the Park family is heart broken.

"We're actually sitting around watching old cowboy movies....And then I fell asleep and that was the last time I saw him alive," said Park's daughter Andrea.

Andrea says her dad gets up every morning and heads into the Chevron gas station on Nu'uanu Avenue to grab his morning paper.

She says he usually drives. But for whatever reason, on Tuesday, he didn't.

"A male crossing Nuuanu was struck by the ford focus that you see behind us. The male died at the hospital. The female driver of the focus who was in her early 50s was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence," said Lt. Robert towne with the Honolulu police department.

Honolulu police say Barbara Hazama, 52, took a field sobriety test and failed.

They arrested her for negligent homicide and for "operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.

"I just want to tell her...why would you knowing that you were in the state that you were that you took the chance," Andrea said

Andrea said her father was a very cautious man, always aware of his surroundings, who loved his family very much.

"One of my daughters best friends. They were always together. So now that he's not here...he was my primary care giver to her as well," she said.

Andrea says it's the little things she will miss about him the most.

"Just him being here and playing with her and helping her with her homework when I'm not at home."

Hazama has not been charged.



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