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Pedestrian involved in fatal crash identified

LIHUE – Police continue their search for a second driver involved in a traffic crash that killed a female pedestrian on Tuesday morning in Lihue. 

Police have identified the woman as 60-year-old Paulanna Larish. Larish had no known address at the time of her death, but lived in the Lihue area.

“As we continue to investigate the details of this crash, we are urging anyone who may have been near the area around the time of the incident to please contact police immediately,” said Assistant Chief Roy Asher of the Patrol Services Bureau. “Every bit of information will help us to identify the second driver involved.”

According to police, the incident occurred about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday. A dark gray Toyota Tacoma was heading down the inside lane of Rice Street, toward Kuhio Highway, when it struck a female pedestrian as she was walking in the marked crosswalk from the Lihue Post Office toward the Lihue Civic Center.

At that point, the driver of the Toyota Tacoma stopped his vehicle in the inside lane of Rice Street to render aid to the woman, when a second vehicle, traveling along the outside lane, then struck the woman. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle in question is described as a full-sized, dark-colored SUV and police are asking anyone with information to contact Officer Himongala of KPD’s Traffic Safety Section at 241-1617.

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