Driver released from custody following deadly pedestrian crash in Kakaako


Honolulu police say alcohol or drugs may be factors in a deadly pedestrian crash in Kakaako Thursday afternoon.

It happened at around 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Auahi and Cooke streets.

According to police, the victim was in a crosswalk when he was hit by an Oli Oli trolley that was turning into the intersection.

The Oli Oli trolley is owned by JTB Hawaii Travel.

The victim, a 76-year-old Honolulu man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the driver of the trolley was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.

The driver was released from police custody on Friday pending further investigation.

His employer, Travel Plaza Transportation, said the driver has been employed with the company since March of 2018.  

The company said his employment is under internal investigation.

“We feel terrible about this accident and the death of the victim, and are cooperating fully with the police as they conduct their investigation,” Yujiro Kuwabara, president of Travel Plaza Transportation said.

The driver refused to take a field sobriety test, police said.

“It’s a tragic year. We’re at a very high number and obviously way too high for what we would want,” said Lt. James Slayter, Honolulu Police Department. “It’s just a somber reminder for all drivers out there, whether you’re driving a CDL (commercial driver’s license), or you’re a pedestrian, or you’re out there just driving from or to work, just slow down, be cautious, watch out for one another.”

As the investigation continues, police say they will be talking to the passengers who were on the trolley at the time.

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