In Makakilo, crosswalks taken away but not the signs — and that's got people confused

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In January the City removed what used to be a marked crosswalk on Makakilo Drive at Aloloko Street. But a pedestrian sign indicates it's still a legal crossing area.

Saturday night 17-year-old Kristian Fale was struck by a car and seriously injured in that unmarked crosswalk.

"I thought I lost him" said Ryan Laulusa, Kristian's father.

Laulusa said his son is hospitalized with a badly broken right leg and needs a second surgery.

He believes the city created an unnecessary danger for pedestrians and confusion for drivers when it removed the crosswalk and left the sign that shows it's still legal for pedestrians to cross even with no markings on the roadway.

"It could be confusing. It could be, knowing that the sign is here but there is no actual markings on the road for us to notify that it is a crosswalk," he said.

The City took out crosswalks at Aoloko, Newa and Nohohale streets.

Evelyn Souza, who's on the Makakilo Neighborhood Board, said the city cited low pedestrian usage.

But Makakilo resident Michael Ida insists they are busy crossings, and should be treated as such.

"We have quite a few parents with kids here. The elementary school is right down the road. They cross in the morning, cross in the afternoon," he said.

The speed limit is 35 mph on Makakilo Drive but drivers routinely go faster..

The City wouldn't comment on the accident or the decision to remove the crosswalk markings.

Laulusa said it's impossible to know if a marked crosswalk would have been more visible to the driver who hit his son but he wants the city to re-stripe it as a precaution.

"This is an active crosswalk. We do utilize it. Everybody that lives here utilizes it," he said.

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