‘Unreal’: Loved ones say pedestrian crash victim was always cautious while walking
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family members of an elderly man killed Saturday morning in a Salt Lake accident were left heartbroken.
“It was just devastating. It was just unreal,” said Stanley Martines Jr., nephew of the victim, 72-year-old Ronald Martines.
Honolulu police said the crash happened at the intersection of Salt Lake Boulevard and Kamehameha Highway around 5:20 a.m. Saturday.
An investigation revealed an 86-year-old woman was behind the wheel of a southbound Camry. Martines was hit while he was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. The driver remained at the scene and was uninjured.
Martines was a Waipahu resident, according to the Medical Examiner.
Stanley said his uncle loved going to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet.
“That was his thing. Every Saturday, maybe possibly Sunday, he’d like to go on the bus, maybe go from his home and just hang out at the Swap Meet and spend the day there buying little trinkets, hats — that was his favorite thing, you know? Just buying hats,” Stanley said.
Loved ones say that while out and about, the friendly and outgoing Martines was always so cautious. He used marked crosswalks and never jaywalked.
After the accident, Martines was taken to a hospital in critical condition where he later died. Speed, drugs, and alcohol don’t appear to be contributing factors.
“He’s going to be well missed. It’s just hard. It happened so fast. So I just hope he’s in a better place," Stanley said.
This investigation is on-going.
To help with funeral costs, the family has set up a GoFundMe account.
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