Honolulu police officer involved in deadly pedestrian crash
A 54-year-old man of no local address darted into a lane on the H-1 going westbound.
UPDATE: The pedestrian has been identified on Friday, Dec. 8, by the Honolulu Medical Examiner's office as Kenneth McFadden, 54, whose last known residence was in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The specific cause of death is pending, but McFadden did suffer blunt force injuries to his head and torso.
In a press conference Sunday, Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard reported that one of the department's officers was involved in a crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
The crash occurred around 6:05 p.m. Saturday in the far right lane of the H-1 Freeway westbound about 200 yards from the H-2 exit.
A man in his 50s of no local address darted into the roadway and was struck by a 2013 Toyota SUV driven by a 46-year-old patrol sergeant who was on duty at the time. The man struck by the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
While speed and alcohol appear not to be factors in the crash, drugs may be a factor involving the pedestrian.
As is standard procedure for the HPD, the officer involved in the crash is on temporary paid leave while the investigation continues. The officer has 23 years of service and is assigned to the Pearl City station.
"At this time it appears to be an accident," said Chief Ballard. "The pedestrian ran into the freeway and he didn't have a chance to really react. It was so quick,"
This is the 42nd traffic fatality on Oahu this year, compared to 51 the same time last year.