Police Step Up Enforcement as Another Elderly Pedestrian is Hit

Lendy Rebibis
Lendy Rebibis

KALIHI (KHNL) -- An elderly pedestrian is in fighting for her life, after being hit by a city bus in Kalihi.

The shattered window says it all. A 73-year-old woman is critically injured, when a city bus plows into her at about 5 am Friday.

"I think of my grandparents, of course, and how many pedestrians already, the elderly already that got, you know, banged by cars," Lendy Rebibis, Kalihi business owner, said.

Investigators say the victim and her husband were jaywalking across Dillingham Boulevard in their rush to catch the bus.

Rebibis owns Koi Catering, which is located near the crash site.

"It's a really busy road," she said. "It's hard to get out out of the driveway in a car, so I can't imagine how difficult it is to cross it."

By mid-day, police are back in the area to ticket jaywalkers and help improve safety. Several of the pedestrian crashes this year have happened in the Kalihi District, despite the educational efforts by officers and community members.

"We need to do more awareness, not only, more for the pedestrians, not so much the drivers," Rebibis said. "I don't know how much more we can stress to use a crosswalk."

Police say a 57-year-old woman, who was a passenger on the bus, received minor injuries when the driver was forced to slam on his brakes.

"Regardless of how much they're in a rush to get somewhere or to catch the bus, it's just not worth it," Rebibis said. "They should just, if they miss the bus, they miss it. There's always going to be another one."

Officials with Oahu Transit Services say the 59-year-old driver will be on desk duty during their investigation, which is standard procedure. They say this is his first major incident in 34 years of driving for the company.