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Neighbors say poor lighting may have contributed to death of woman killed in crosswalk

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As soon as family got word that Guillerma Balamza was killed in a crash, they drove to the intersection of Kekuilani and Kama'aha looking for answers.

Balamza's sister-in-law told Hawaii News Now she was headed to work at McDonald's on Nimitz Highway just after 5 a.m. on Friday morning. She had worked at that location since 1989.

According to investigators, the 70-year-old was in the crosswalk when the driver of a red pick-up truck hit her. Detectives say the man stopped to help as soon as he realized what happened. He told police he never saw her.

Folks who live nearby say that's a common problem.

"When I walk down the street it is very dark. The lighting is not bright at all. So I know it is probably hard for drivers to see," said Kapolei resident Connie Gatewood.

Neighbors say another issue is that people are simply driving too fast. With one school within a quarter mile of the intersection, the speed limit is 25 miles per hour.

"They should have a traffic light over here," said Kapolei resident Sam Lo.

Evelyn Souza is the chair of the neighborhood association. She believes this is an issue that needs to be discussed.

"We will definitely have this brought up at the next neighborhood board," said Souza.

Investigators don't believe the driver of the truck was impaired. However they said speed may have been a factor in the crash and have opened a negligent homicide investigation. The driver has not been arrested at this time. 

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