By Kristine Uyeno
AIEA (KHNL) - Police call it a freak accident.
A 78-year-old woman was hit and killed while she was walking on the sidewalk in Aiea.
Police say it happened on Koauka Boulevard near Moanalua Road, just before 8 a.m. Thursday. That's when the driver of a jeep tried to change lanes.
"He was stopped and he decided to get into the right side of the road to bypass all the traffic," said Marlo Rivas with the Honolulu Police Department.
Police say he drove into the path of a white lexus. The driver of the lexus swerved to avoid hitting him. But the car hopped the sidewalk, knocked over the newspaper rack and street sign, which hit the pedestrian.
"I've seen her around here for many years, walking up and down," said Earl Graham, witness.
"It wasn't like she was walking in the middle of the street or jaywalking. She was on the sidewalk where she was supposed to be," said Rivas.
The Aiea woman was taken to nearby Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi where she died.
She's the fifth pedestrian to die on Oahu since the new year and the second this week. Three days ago, an 81-year-old woman died when she was hit and killed while trying to cross North King Street.