New Stats Reveal Dramatic Decrease in Oahu Traffic Fatalities - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

New Stats Reveal Dramatic Decrease in Oahu Traffic Fatalities

Bryan Duropan Bryan Duropan

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Fewer Oahu families are being traumatized by news that a loved one has been killed in a car crash. The number of traffic deaths on Oahu in the first four months of this year is down more than 60% from the same period last year.

A man, whose grandmother was killed in a pedestrian crash in February, says he's happy about the new traffic figures.

As Army National Guard member Bryan Duropan prepares for deployment, he wishes he had his grandmother to talk to.

"With all of her grandkids, all of us, we were very close to her," he said. "So it's real painful for, every time I see that memorial."

The roadside memorial is located a block from his home.

A truck plowed into 80-year-old Florentina Ganitano, as she tried to cross Farrington Highway in Maili three months ago.

"The pain really doesn't go away, but you know that she's always here in your heart," Duropan said. "Sometimes, I still, like at night, just think about if she was still here."

Ganitano is one of 13 people who died on Oahu's roads between January 1st and April 30th. That's a 62% drop from 2007, which had 34 fatalities in the same time frame.

"That's good news because, well, at least my grandma didn't die in like, for, in vain," Duropan said.

Police say the number of collisions is also down. It's gone from 8,555 major and minor crashes in the first four months of 2006 to 5,843 this year.

"Just keep on driving safe, so nobody else can suffer how my grandma suffered," Duropan said.

Police say 15 people were critically injured in traffic crashes in the first four months of this year. There were 13 critically hurt in the same period last year, so there's no significant change in that category.

Job Link 8 Featured Jobs
  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Some turned away from over-capacity grad ceremony at UH

    Some turned away from over-capacity grad ceremony at UH

    Sunday, December 17 2017 1:16 AM EST2017-12-17 06:16:54 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)

    Clad in their green academic gowns and fancy caps, nearly 1,000 UH Manoa students walked the stage at Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday for the University's Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony. 

    More >>

    Clad in their green academic gowns and fancy caps, nearly 1,000 UH Manoa students walked the stage at Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday for the University's Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony. 

    More >>
  • Six Hawaii post offices to be open this Sunday

    Six Hawaii post offices to be open this Sunday

    Sunday, December 17 2017 1:08 AM EST2017-12-17 06:08:01 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii News Now)(Image: Hawaii News Now)

    HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Postal Service announced that the following six Oahu Post Offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday to serve its seasonal increase in holiday customers. - Airport (Main) Post Office - Ala Moana Post Office - Kaneohe Post Office - Mililani Post Office - Waialae Kahala Post Office - Waipahu Post Office Postal officials expect Dec...

    More >>

    HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Postal Service announced that the following six Oahu Post Offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday to serve its seasonal increase in holiday customers. - Airport (Main) Post Office - Ala Moana Post Office - Kaneohe Post Office - Mililani Post Office - Waialae Kahala Post Office - Waipahu Post Office Postal officials expect Dec...

    More >>
  • N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

    N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

    Friday, December 15 2017 5:35 PM EST2017-12-15 22:35:55 GMT
    Sunday, December 17 2017 12:11 AM EST2017-12-17 05:11:12 GMT
    North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean...More >>
    North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.More >>
Powered by Frankly