A Kauaʻi woman is in critical condition following a traffic accident earlier this week in Kapa’a.
According to a preliminary Kauaʻi police investigation, a 50-year-old Kapa’a woman and a 52-year-old Californian woman were hospitalized at Wilcox Medical Center in Līhuʻe after being struck at a marked crosswalk while crossing the Kūhiō Expressway around 7 p.m. Monday near the 9 mile marker in Kapa’a by a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 65-year-old man from Kapa’a.
The Kapa’a woman is in critical condition, while the California woman is in stable condition.
“Our hearts go out to the two women involved in this tragic incident, and we pray for them and their families,” Mayor Derek Kawakami said in a news release. “One of the women has been integral to the success of our COVID testing center at Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall since day one, overseeing all lab staff in the convention hall and mobile testing facilities. .”
Speeding and impaired faculties were not suspected factors in the accident; however, the investigation is ongoing.
“In the past few weeks, we have had three major traffic accidents on Kaua’i,” Kaua’i Police Chief Todd Raybuck said in the news release. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. It is a painful reminder to motorists to exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings. As the end of year celebrations approach, we must be vigilant on the roads.
The Kūhiō Highway was closed in both directions for approximately 90 minutes while officers from the Kaua’i Police Department’s Highway Safety Section investigated the scene of the crash.
Visitor Aloha Society of Kaua’i, a non-profit organization that responds to the emergency needs of visitors, helps the California woman’s family.