CHINATOWN (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the wake of a crash Monday afternoon that left one pedestrian dead and two others seriously injured, Chinatown residents and businesses are calling for changes to bolster road safety.
New surveillance video from a nearby business shows the moments before the crash.
Police said the speeding driver plowed through a red light on Beretania Street, nearly struck a white van before slamming into the pedestrians who were in a marked crosswalk.
The driver, 56-year-old Tracy Keliihoomalu, was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, negligent injury and driving under influence. She has since been released pending investigation.
Meanwhile, the city Office of the Medical Examiner identified the pedestrian who died as Liyi Ma, 69, of Honolulu.
Ma was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said two other pedestrians suffered injuries: A woman in her 60s or 70s was critically injured, while a man in his 70s was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
"It was gruesome. It was probably one of the most gruesome things I've seen here on Maunakea Street in the last 20 years or so," said Ian Nguyen, owner of Duc's Bistro.
Police Lt. Andre Peters said the driver told officers she was on anti-seizure medication; authorities do not believe she was drinking.
"Right now, they will do a blood or urine test," Peters said. "We suspect there might have been some medication involved."
In 2004, Keliihoomalu was convicted of driving under the influence and had her license revoked for a year. She was also cited for speeding in 2005, 2009, and twice in 2011.
Peters said Keliihoomalu was driving a white Toyota westbound on Beretania about 3 p.m. when she ran a red light, struck the three pedestrians in a crosswalk, and then hit a blue BMW.
Three occupants in the BMW were taken to a hospital in stable condition: A 42-year-old woman and two children, an 8-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy.
Nguyen said he often sees reckless driving at that intersection.
"I often don't feel very safe because of the high rate of speed. Often cars aren't, they aren't responding to any of the lights or traffic signs on this busy intersection," he said.
In order to boost safety at the busy intersection, some residents would like a pedestrian scramble installed. The diagonal crosswalks stop all vehicle traffic and allow pedestrians to travel in different directions.
"It's congested. Lots of cars, lots of people. So we need to think outside of the box how to save lives in the most efficient way without having to spend thousands of dollars," said Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, president of the Chinatown Business & Community Association.
A city spokesman said the Department of Transportation Services evaluates requests for pedestrian scrambles on a case-by-case basis.
He added that since Monday's collision was caused by a vehicle running a red light and striking pedestrians in a crosswalk, a pedestrian scramble may not have prevented the collision, and that it could have been worse if a diagonal crossing was in place.
The DTS has a Pedestrian Master Plan consultant contract that will establish uniform guidelines for the installation of pedestrian scramble crosswalks across Oahu. The work is expected to be finished in about a year.