Elderly Man Killed At Site Of Old Crosswalk In Kalihi

James Johnson
James Johnson

KALIHI (KHNL) -- An elderly man is dead, and the driver who plowed into him is on the run.

The hit-and-run victim was walking across North King Street in an area where a crosswalk used to be. In fact, parts of the old crosswalk can still be seen.

"Basically, they didn't do a very good job erasing it," James Johnson, Kalihi resident, said.

The crash just after midnight killed 75-year-old Thomas Laikupu. Investigators say a speeding vehicle slammed into him and kept going.

"Well, that's terrible," Johnson said. "That's really terrible, you know, 'cause he probably was figuring this was a crosswalk, actually, and was trying to get across the street."

The city says it removed the crosswalk in 2004. There's another crosswalk about 150 feet away, and it has a traffic signal.

"It's not up to the police to change people's habits," Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said. "You know, I think people need to be responsible for themselves."

Investigators are urging the driver involved in the case to come forward. Witnesses describe the vehicle as an older-model, light-colored van. Police say it should have damage to its front end.

"A 75-year-old person was killed by somebody's actions out there," Fujii said. "And it's just simply the right thing to do."

If you have any information about the crash, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.

We asked the city if it plans to paint over the old crosswalk again. The city says it's looking into re-doing that whole stretch of North King Street.