Woman killed after being struck while walking on H-1 Freeway

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman was killed early Thursday after being struck by a car while she was trying to cross the H-1 Freeway, officials said.

It happened shortly after midnight, prompting police to shut down all westbound lanes of the freeway between the School Street and Likelike Highway off-ramps.

"What we know at this time is a female we believe to be in her 40s was crossing the freeway on foot, from mauka side to makai side toward Nimitz Highway," said Police Lt. Ben Moszkowicz. "She made it across all but one lane of traffic, then a 2017 Nissan that was driven by a 72-year-old Honolulu male was traveling westbound on the H-1 leaving down, headed toward the Pearl City area."

The driver was not arrested as police do not believe he was speeding or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

They are, however, awaiting results of a toxicology report to determine if the victim may have been under the influence.

Authorities believe the woman may have been homeless.

The freeway was also slick at the time of the crash, but police do not believe the road condition was a factor.

Officers say this was the 24th traffic-related death on Oahu this year compared to 21 at the same time last year.

The freeway has since been reopened.

This story will be updated.

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