34 people have died on Oahu's roads so far this year

34 people have died on Oahu's roads so far this year

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thirty-four people have died on Oahu roads so far this year. That's 12 more people than at the same time last year.

And the spike comes amid a statewide education campaign aimed at making the roads safer — by making drivers and pedestrians more aware of each other.

Police Capt. Ben Moszkowicz, of the Honolulu Police Department's traffic division, said one of the difficulties this year is the bizarre nature of some of the fatalities. In June, for example, a woman was fatally struck while she walked on the H-1 Freeway. In May, a man was killed after being thrown from the bed of a truck that he jumped into in an attempt to stop a hit-and-run driver from fleeing an earlier crash.

Moszkowicz also said the fatalities appear to be all different: There's no one underlying trend or cause.

The latest traffic fatalities happened Monday afternoon and early Tuesday.

On Monday, a 69-year-old was fatally struck while in a marked crosswalk in Chinatown, and two other pedestrians sustained serious injuries.

In that case, police believe the driver was distracted, speeding and may have been unfit to drive because of medication she was taking.

And then on Tuesday morning, a pedestrian was fatally struck on Kunia Road in a hit-and-run. The road is poorly lit, but authorities did not immediately know how the victim was hit.

Moszkowicz said the message from police to pedestrians and drivers is the same as it's always been: "It's a team effort."

"We have to be aware of each other on the roads," he said. "The more traffic we get, the more people who move into downtown Kakaako and Ewa. We have to, have to, have to look out for each other."

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