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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:03 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Pedestrian, 77, dies after accident

Advertiser Staff

A 77-year-old Waipahu man died today at Tripler Army Medical Center about 40 minutes after being struck by a pickup truck while walking across Pu'uloa Road near Pukuloa Street in Mapunapuna.

The man was not in a crosswalk when he was hit by a 1987 Toyota pickup truck at about 5:25 a.m., said police vehicular homicide investigators. The driver of the truck, a 39-year-old man from 'Ewa Beach, was not injured.

The critically injured pedestrian was taken to Tripler, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m. The medical examiner's office plans to confirm the man's identity from fingerprints before releasing his name.

He was the third pedestrian fatality on O'ahu this year. Two others 59-year-old Fanolua Tagovailoa and Corliss Okamoto, 41 suffered fatal injuries while jaywalking across Kamehameha Highway in Wahiawa and Farrington Highway in Waipahu, respectively, in January.

Today's death was O'ahu's 35th traffic death of the year.