Rash of Pedestrian Accidents Day Before Thanksgiving

Zach Miyashiro
Zach Miyashiro
Kim Miyashiro
Kim Miyashiro
Major Kurt Kendro
Major Kurt Kendro

By Mari-Ela David

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- For the second time Wednesday, a victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The latest collision happened just after 8:30 p.m. on North School Street.

Honolulu Police closed down the street in both directions for about an hour and a half.

Police say a man carrying glass bottles in a bag was crossing North School Street when a car hit him.

"I was on the phone and I heard all this glass shattering everywhere and I come outside and I saw that over there," said Zach Miyashiro, a resident who lives just across the street from the crash site.

"He flew a good distance, because his bag is laying at least 50 yards from where he was and that sidewalk is down there so people should be careful and slow down when they drive in this area. Be respectful of people walking on the streets," said Kim Miyashiro, a resident who saw the aftermath.

Police said it does not appear the victim was on the crosswalk, but was walking close to it.

He was taken to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition and was later upgraded to serious condition.

The driver of the car that struck the man was being questioned at the scene of the accident.

Earlier in the afternoon, another pedestrian was hit.

A 50-year-old man standing near a bus stop on North King Street near Beretania Street, died after a bus hit him.

Police say North King Street is notoriously dangerous for pedestrians.

"We definitely have had pedestrian enforcement operations in this area, earlier this year and as recent as last month in this particular area," said Major Kurt Kendro with the Honolulu Police Department.

Investigators say the man was standing on the sidewalk. Just as the bus started to drive off, the man stumbled and fell in front of it. Paramedics took him to The Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. He died within 30 minutes. It's an outcome, police say, they don't want repeated.

"This is a holiday season we sure hope that people drive safely and look out for pedestrians. We want a safe holiday season for everybody," said Maj. Kendro.

Safety awareness that is especially important with all the foot traffic and cars rushing through North King Street, an area which has now claimed two lives in less than a year.

Friday's accidents now mark five pedestrian crashes on Oahu roads in less than a week.