New Stats Reveal Dramatic Decrease in Oahu Traffic Fatalities

Bryan Duropan
Bryan Duropan

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.