Highway carnage continues
By Mike Leidemann
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Mike Leidemann
Two people are dead and two in critical condition following weekend accidents that raised O'ahu's traffic death toll for the year to 82, the highest total in more than 15 years.
The accidents, including two pedestrians walking outside of crosswalks, occurred Friday night in Wahiawa; along a dangerous stretch of Farrington Highway in Ma'ili; and a part of Kapi'olani Boulevard that regularly leads the city in traffic accidents, police said.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office identified the dead as a 25-year-old Wai'anae man killed in a head-on collision on Farrington Highway and a 60-year-old Wahiawa woman who was struck as she crossed California Avenue.
The deaths came just days after state officials and police said that O'ahu was headed for one of its deadliest traffic counts in years. With nearly two months left in 2006, the death toll on O'ahu has topped the figure for all of last year.
Traffic records show you have to go back until at the least the 1980s to find a year with so many deaths on O'ahu. The spike this year is probably because of speed-related crashes and two high-profile accidents that claimed eight lives, police said.
The latest death occurred early yesterday morning when Leonida Daucycuy, 60, of Wahiawa, died after being hit by the car in Wahiawa, police said.
Daucycuy entered the road in the middle of the block near Kuahiwi Street and was struck by a 2003 Ford Focus driven by a 49-year-old woman, who could not stop her car in time, said Traffic Division Sgt. Daniel Kaholokula.
Daucycuy, who was thrown onto the hood of the car and then landed in the roadway, was at first listed in guarded condition but died several hours later at The Queen's Medical Center, he said.
A 25-year-old man was killed late Friday night when his white Honda Accord swerved into on-coming traffic on Farrington Highway near Hila Street in Ma'ili, an area of the island that has seen numerous accidents in recent years.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Adlai Florence of Wai'anae.
Police said his west-bound car bounced off a pickup truck in the east-bound lanes and crashed head-on into a 1987 Dodge multi-purpose vehicle driven by a 53-year-old Wai'anae woman.
She was taken to Queen's in serious condition, and her 55-year-old male passenger was listed in guarded condition. The 16-year-old driver of the pickup truck was not injured.
Police said the Farrington Highway accident occurred in conditions with clear skies, light traffic and a well-lit roadway. Speed was a factor.
The third accident Friday night was on Kapi'olani Boulevard near Atkinson Drive, which has repeatedly been listed as the No. 1 site for traffic accidents in urban Honolulu, according to police statistics.
A 45-year-old man was struck by a car driven by a 19-year-old woman at about 9:15 p.m. as he walked across Kapi'olani 500 feet from the Atkinson Drive intersection, where there is a crosswalk and traffic signal, Kaholokula said.
The man, who was not identified, suffered severe head injuries and multiple body injuries and remained in critical condition at Queen's yesterday. Speed and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the driver's case, but police had not determined if the man hit by the car had been drinking, Kaholokula said.
A police report indicated at least some of the streetlights along the roadway were not working at the time of the accident, but a Hawaiian Electric spokesman said yesterday that there were no reports of any power failures in the area on Friday night.
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