Candlelight Vigil Held For Pedestrian Victims

Sammy Love
Sammy Love

(KHNL) - Hawaii is the most dangerous place in the country for elderly pedestrians. In fact, of the 13 pedestrian deaths this year, 11 of the victims have been 59 and older.

The American Association of Retired Persons held a candle-light vigil at Kawaiahao Church. They honored the memory of the victims of pedestrian accidents.

The group then walked around the intersection of king street and punchbowl with candles in hand. For many, the gathering was a comforting event, but for others it was clearly difficult to erase the painful memories. Sammye Love lost a good friend this past February.

"Jeanine Reed was killed on February 22nd. She was hit by a car and on February 23rd. She died so I'm here to honor her memory, she was my best friend for 27-years," said Sammye Love, friend of victim.

More than a hundred people attended the candle-light vigil. Many say, today's attention to pedestrian safety should be practiced everyday of the year.

Earlier in the day, a-a-r-p volunteers and Honolulu Police Department Officers hit 10 busy intersections on Oahu.

They passed out pedestrian safety literature and held up signs.