A 63-year-old Aiea woman was killed Wednesday morning after a car hit her while she was standing on the sidewalk.
She was pinned under the car and no one knew she was there. Because the car plowed into some bushes, Honolulu police could not see her under the car that hit her.
"I just gathered the ti leaves and flowers from on property and another resident gave me a candle. And I just wanted to put something in memory of her," said Amelia Verdugo, head of security for Lele Pono Security.
Verdugo created a memorial for the woman she saw almost every day.
"And it's just tragic. It's really sad that it happen because she's innocent going to work," Verdugo said.
Verdugo is the head of security where the 63-year-old woman lived with her husband. Verdugo identified her as Siu-King Tang. She says Tang was on the sidewalk, waiting to cross Moanalua Road to catch the bus near Pearlridge Center to go to work.
"The two vehicles were westbound on Moanalua Road when they got into the collision. The collision caused them to come up here on the sidewalk," Honolulu Police Department Lt. Bobby Towne said.
Police say a 54-year-old man driving a Ford Ranger and a 77-year-old man driving a Toyota Corolla blame each other for the accident.
"What they didn't know at first was that there was a female, 63 years old, that was pinned underneath the car," Lt. Towne said.
Police say after the collision, the 77-year-old driver hit the woman on the sidewalk, but didn't know it. In fact, police do not know how long Tang was under the car.
Some people blame the intersection for the accident. They say it's a busy and dangerous place for pedestrians.
"It's hard to pull in and out even. They just fly by without even taking notice there's people crossing the street," Aiea resident Erin Miller said.
Residents say it's not the first time a pedestrian has been hit in this area. But they're hoping it's the last.
"She was a beautiful person, hard worker, and she was always really friendly, telling us, 'hi' or whatever when she would see us. She's going to be missed," Verdugo said.
Police do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the accident. But they say the 77-year-old driver who hit the victim could be charged with negligent homicide.
Thousands gathered at the memorial to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to those who survived.
You may remember the story we did earlier this week about the Pearl Harbor survivor who was headed here from the mainland for the ceremony, he was bumped from the flight and didn't know if he would get here in time.
It may take drivers a little longer to get around this weekend. On Sunday, there will be lane and road closures for the Honolulu Marathon.