Another pedestrian dies after crash at Makiki intersection

Frank Garcia
Frank Garcia

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MAKIKI (KHNL) - There's an intersection in Honolulu that elderly pedestrians are increasingly concerned about. A 68-year-old woman is the latest to die from injuries received while trying to cross the street there.

Frank Garcia, 71, enjoys his daily walks. But when he's in one particular crosswalk at the intersection of South Beretania and Piikoi Streets, the happy-go-lucky senior gets serious.

"This one is terrible," he said about the crosswalk on the west end of the intersection. "(The drivers) will creep up and yet they'll take off even if you're on the, you know, crosswalk."

The crossing has proven to be deadly for pedestrians.

Last year, Lois Reed, 66, was killed when an SUV making a left turn plowed into her.

On Monday, Pearline Kaneko, 68, died from injuries she received in a crash 10 days ago.

"Pitiful," Garcia said about the latest crash. "I feel very, very sorry for the family."

Garcia gets choked up hearing about the latest fatality. He says a car sideswiped him while he was in the crosswalk a few months ago.

"It hit my, you know, my side of my hip and it twisted my leg," he said.

He believes drivers and pedestrians must share the responsibility of making the intersection safer.

"I admit we forget sometimes what our situation is, and we have to be very aware of our surroundings," he said. "I don't like to see anyone get hurt."