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Homeless pedestrian killed on Nimitz Hwy identified

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office has identified the homeless man killed Friday in a pedestrian crash on Nimitz Highway as 47-year-old Sean Duyser.

Officials say Duyser died from blunt force trauma to his head, neck and torso following a traffic accident on Nimiz Highway around 1:30 a.m.

Police confirmed on Monday that only one vehicle was involved in striking Duyser, not two vehicles, as some area homeless had claimed.

Investigators say that Duyser was hit by an airport shuttle van in the westbound lanes of Nimitz Highway near Kakoi Street, which is just before the highway slips under the airport viaduct.

Duyser, who was identified through fingerprints, had no local address according to police. It appeared that he'd been trying to cross the highway where the street lights had been out-of-service.

Lt. Carlene Lau with HPD's Traffic Division said that the homeless living in the area were "giving a lot of misinformation to both media and police," including a report by one woman who claimed she saw a light colored car hit the body a second time then flee the scene.

Emergency Medical Services officials pronounced Duyser dead at the scene.

Lau said visibility and lighting are factors in the crash. Speed may have been involved, but alcohol was not on the part of the driver.

Some area homeless also claimed that Duyser frequently passed through the area.

Mapunapuna businessman Lad Panis said homeless people who live under the viaduct come out at odd hours during the night and they're hard to see.

"In the evening when we do come to the office, especially coming from Dillingham across Middle Street, it gets really dark in this area," he said.

It's especially dark because the street lights over the highway aren't working.

"That is just absolutely not a pedestrian friendly area," state Transportation Department deputy director Ed Sniffen said.

A year ago the Transportation Department blamed copper thieves for street light outages on Nimitz near Sand Island. Since then there have been repeated thefts of copper wire from the lights along the highway.

"Anytime there's an incident that happens on our highways, especially a fatality. It really affects the Highways Division," Sniffen said.

The street lights are out on both sides of Nimitz near the H-1 on and off ramp. The state plans to replace the old lights with LED shielded lights within two years. DOT is experimenting with tamper proof fasteners and covers to try to prevent copper thefts.

"There is a lot of homeless people in this area," Panis said. "Anybody that's worked here will tell you that you see people walking around all the time."

Duyser is the second homeless person killed last week in a pedestrian accident.

Earlier Tuesday, police say a homeless woman wandering disoriented in Waialae Avenue between 9th and 10th Avenues, suffered critical injuries after being hit by a suspected gray Dodge Nitro, which then fled the scene.

Traffic investigators say Friday's traffic fatality is the 41st so far this year, compared to 50 at this time last year.

Witnesses in either case are asked to call police with any additional information.

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