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Family mourns victim as residents push for more pedestrian safety on Pali Hwy.

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Honolulu police were stationed along Pali Highway Thursday after a deadly pedestrian crash.

Raymond Endow, 83, was hit by a truck while crossing the highway at the Wood Street intersection Wednesday. He died at the hospital.

KHON2 spoke to his wife, Annette, as well as residents in the area.

They say they're sad and angry, and want more to be done to increase safety for pedestrians as they cross the busy highway.

The day following Endow's death, officers were pulling drivers over for failing to yield to pedestrians.

HPD cited dozens of drivers who did not stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Plainclothes officers crossed the highway as solo bike officers waited for drivers who broke the law. 

Residents say it's good to see the enforcement but they want a more permanent fix.

Endow's widow says Raymond always wore a reflective safety vest everywhere he went, and preached safety almost to a fault.

"He wouldn't want me to walk with him because he said what if both of us get banged going down the highway, so you walk this way and I walk that way, we walked separately," said Annette Endow.

"It was devastating to me it was so bad that I cried all day now I'm crying again. He didn't deserve that no," said Paula Kurashige, Endow's neighbor.

Family and friends say enough is enough, and want added safety measures before anyone else gets hurt.

"If there was a light where before you cross the street you can press a button, and then the light flashes. So no matter what car is coming down they'll be alert and slow down or look out for someone walking," said Mrs. Endow.

"We don't need another traffic study. If we have any more people die, then I'm really gonna be angry. It's out of control already, everything is out of control and I'm tired of it," said Kurashige.

Pedestrian crossing lights were installed on South King Street and Kamehameha Highway by HPU in Kaneohe years ago and pedestrians say they have made a difference.

"Generally my experience is they do. I prefer to use this crosswalk specifically because of that," said pedestrian Zeke Magness.

KHON2 reached out to state and city officials to find out what measures are in the works to make the roads safer. If pedestrian signal lights are working are there plans to add more?

Rumble strips drew complaints from residents on Pali Highway. Chinatown vendors were not happy with bulb outs. So we're pressing officials on what options they see working, and will there be more of them anytime soon? 

The state Department of Transportation sent us a statement just before the 6 o'clock news:

We at HDOT take the safety of our highway users personally.  After all, these are our families, friends and neighbors that are affected.  We are frustrated by the high number of fatalities we continue to experience as these numbers represent lives lost too soon.  This year, Mr. Endow tragically is the 94th person to die on our roads.  The 33th pedestrian killed on our public streets.  We send our deepest condolences to their loved ones.

We continue to upgrade our educational campaigns to increase awareness with drivers who have the highest level of responsibility, and all users to provide them the tools to be safe as bicyclists and pedestrians.  We also continue  to upgrade our facilities to be safer for all.  For Pali Highway, HDOT will be piloting a concept that worked very well for the Michigan Department of Transportation.  The Gateway Concept uses signs and delineators to bring greater awareness to the crosswalks, and requires drivers to slow down where they expect to see pedestrians.  We anticipate deploying the concept in 2 to 3 weeks.

94 fatalities is 94 too many. Please don’t be the cause of 95. 

We're still waiting to hear back from the city. KHON2 will keep pressing until we get an answer.


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