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Kailua residents complain of speeding on main road

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KAILUA, Hawaii -

Road safety is on the minds of Windward residents after a girl was hit Wednesday in a crosswalk in front of Kailua Elementary. Police say the girl was crossing Kuulei Road at Aulike Street just before 4 p.m.

She was taken to the hospital in stable condition with leg injuries and a possible head injury. Police say speeding and alcohol do not appear to be factors, but just about every resident we met today told us speeding is a problem on this stretch. 

We caught up with Kailua Intermediate students Elijah Stietzel and Pierce O'Brien just as they were about to cross the road. Stietzel said, "There's always people on their phones and they aren't looking and have to stop immediately. You always get close encounters."

O'Brien agreed, "There are a lot of speeding cars sometimes, and they don't know what they're doing. One time, we were in the crosswalk crossing the street and someone wasn't looking. They sped right past us and almost hit us."

Kailua resident Melba Cavasso is a mother of five children who attend Kailua public schools. She says she worries about them crossing the street. "It's very nerve wracking because people are not paying attention all the time. They're looking ahead, at the light, they're not looking right where it's at." 

Police say the woman driving the car had stopped at the crosswalk. She was not arrested.

We reached out to city and state lawmakers for Kailua. Representative Chris Lee says the state and city are working together to improve this issue. 

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