A 12-year-old girl was hit Monday afternoon while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk.
It happened at the intersection of Kuulei Road and Aulike Street, near the Salvation Army and Kailua Intermediate School.
Yesenia Tahir tells us her daughter, Mia, and her friend stopped by Al Phillips the Cleaner, where Tahir works. She said her daughter told her she was heading to the playground.
Mia and friend stepped into the marked crosswalk in front of the business. Tahir said she watched as several cars stopped, but to her horror, one did not.
“It was pretty loud. You could hear her when she hit her. She went on top of the car, the windshield, and fell down,” said Tahir.
The mother’s first instinct was to rush to her daughter’s side. “I just ran, that’s all. She yelled for me, and I was running. It was all too fast.”
Mia suffered a concussion, bruises, and a sprained ankle. The 12-year-old is recovering at home.
The driver stopped. Police were called, and a report was made.
“I don’t like this intersection. At all. They really, really need to put lights or something out there for these children. It’s a very busy street, and it’s non-stop. People drive through here so fast,” said Tahir.
In a statement, Department of Transportation Services Deputy Director Jon Nouchi said:
“The Department of Transportation Services studied the pedestrian and automobile volumes in response to neighborhood inquiries, and plans are underway to install traffic signals for automobiles and crossing indicators for pedestrians on all three legs of the T-intersection at Kuulei Road and Aulike Street. The implementation of the signals is currently in the design phase. Following the completion of the design, the work will be sequenced and procured for construction.”
Meanwhile, Mia’s mom has a warning for drivers.
“Slow down. Have patience. Be aware, and stop being on your phones,” said Tahir.