December’s good record is not to say there have been no fatalities among people hit by vehicles. A farm worker was killed two weeks ago when struck by a truck at Aloun Farms. His death was as regrettable as any other, but it’s doubtful it will be recorded as a “pedestrian death” since it occurred on private property and not in a street or crosswalk.
A motorist ran down a bicyclist last night in a hit-and-run on Kamehameha Highway near Wheeler Army Airfield. Zachary Manago, 18, was riding with lights on the shoulder with other cyclists when struck from behind by a white sport utility vehicle that sped from the scene. The victim had just graduated from high school and was a freshman at Hawaii Pacific University on a full-ride baseball scholarship.
The 2010 pedestrian death total stands at 19 and hasn’t moved since November 27. That’s nearly double 2009’s total of 10.
Yes2Rail optimistically suggested a goal of no pedestrian deaths on Oahu in December. We might just achieve it if motorists practice pedestrian awareness the next two weeks, especially during our long winter nights.