Neighbors stunned by elderly pedestrian's death

Karen Martin
Karen Martin
George Young
George Young

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KAIMUKI (KHNL) - An elderly woman hit and killed by a truck in Kahala Tuesday came from a tight-knit community. Her neighbors are stunned by her sudden death.

For Karen Martin, it's a strange feeling looking next door and not seeing her friendly neighbor, Florence Tamura, in the front yard.

"You know, she loved to garden," Martin said. "I'm going to, I'm just going to miss her. We all are."

The 84-year-old Kaimuki resident died Tuesday, after a giant delivery truck ran over her.

"I started crying 'cause I couldn't believe it," Martin said. "Still in shock, and this shouldn't have happened."

Neighbors say she was walking in Kahala as part of her morning routine.

"She always left at 8:30 sharp," Martin said. "From home to Kahala Mall. She would walk around the mall, and then after she was done exercising, then she would walk to Times Supermarket, pick up her groceries, and then walk home."

Tamura, a widow, had no children and lived alone.

"Whenever she was sick, we would make sure she was okay," Martin said. "We took her food."

Ninety-one-year-old George Young, the victim's long-time neighbor, walked with her on occasion.

"We talk about everything, everything, anything, everything under the sun," he said.

With his friend suddenly gone, he says he had difficulty sleeping Tuesday night.

"Thinking about her," he said. "I miss her very much, to be very honest with you people. I miss her."

Investigators say Tamura may have walked into the path of the truck, and the driver simply didn't see her.

"Drivers should be careful because that is a killing machine," Young said.

Tamura is the 20th person to die on Oahu's roads this year. There were 36 traffic fatalities at this time last year.