Police Arrest Driver in Fatal Kailua Pedestrian Accident

Lt. Darren Izumo
Lt. Darren Izumo

KAILUA (KHNL) - Honolulu police arrested a 37-year old man accused of hitting and killing a 69-year old pedestrian, Friday morning, along Kailua Road.

Investigators say the driver was drunk.

The fatality marks the second pedestrian death, on Oahu, this year.

A shattered windshield tells the story of the deadly impact between the Geo Metro and the female victim.

The incident occurred at about 5:15 in the morning, along Kailua Road, near the Tesoro gas station, just off Ulumanu Drive.

Medics rushed the victim to Castle Medical Center, where she died.

37-year old, Thomas Copeland, remains in police custody after being arrested for driving drunk.

Police, administered a breathalizer test, at the scene of the crash.

''I don't know exact numbers," said Lt. Darren Izumo of the Honolulu Police Department's vehicular homicide section. "But, from what I know, it's confirmed that he was legally impaired. Both odor on him and his actions and we found some alcoholic beverages."

Copeland, could also face a charge of negligent homicide in the case.

Police describe him as homeless, and say he doesn't even own the Geo Metro.

The victim lived in the nearby neighborhood.

''Pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings," said Lt. Izumo. "Try to use marked crosswalks, try to be aware of the lighting in the area and drivers have to be aware that pedestrians may come out unexpectedly. It's on these type of roads where it's open, and hours where there's not too much traffic is when these mishaps happen."

Records show, Copeland has 12 prior criminal convictions, which includes violating a temporary restraining order.