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Honolulu, HI – UPDATE: Jenifer Van Lent Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Keolu Dr near Akiohala St

January 20, 2023

Honolulu, HI (January 20, 2023) – The first pedestrian fatality reported in Hawaii in 2023 occurred on January 2, as previously reported. The victim was identified by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office as 71-year-old Jenifer Van Lent, of Kailua. 

Police in Honolulu report that on January 2, just before 6:00 a.m., Van Lent was trying to cross Keolu Drive when she was fatally hit by a vehicle. That vehicle was driven by an 85-year-old man headed east. 

Authorities report she was inside a marked crosswalk near the intersection with Akiohala Street. EMS transported her to a nearby hospital in critical condition. She later lost her life. 

Authorities state the driver stayed at the scene and did not sustain injuries. The crosswalk was in an elementary school zone, according to reports. 

We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Jenifer Van Lent at this time. 

Hawaii Pedestrian Accidents

Honolulu, HI - UPDATE: Jenifer Van Lent, 71, Killed in Pedestrian Accident on Keolu DrIn the United States, pedestrian accidents are often caused by drivers who do not follow traffic rules and regulations. When it comes to distracted driving, texting and driving is becoming the main type of this kind of negligence displayed in the United States, causing millions of collisions and injuries each year. In 2020, over 7,000 pedestrians lost their lives in car accidents. Most of these crashes were caused by negligent and careless drivers. 

Pedestrians often sustain more severe injuries than others when they are involved in motor vehicle accidents due to the fact that when they travel, they are virtually unprotected. Over half the time, pedestrians sustain severe injuries when they are involved in auto collisions. 

Pedestrian crashes occur for various reasons. The majority of them happen due to the actions of negligent drivers. When you or someone you love suffer injuries in a pedestrian crash, having the help of an experienced attorney on your side can help ensure that you are fairly compensated for the losses and damages you face in relation to your accident.

Unlawful and negligent driver behaviors put many people in harm’s way in the United States. Especially pedestrians and cyclists. When drivers act inattentive and careless, the chances of them causing someone serious or even fatal injuries is, unfortunately, extremely high. 

Some examples of driver negligence that may cause severe accidents include distracted, drunk, or fatigued driving. If you lost someone you love in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver, you deserve to be able to focus on the grieving process and the emotional health of your family without worrying about your finances. Contact a wrongful death lawyer who can help you file a wrongful death claim. 

At the law office of Leavitt, Yamane, & Soldner, we are totally dedicated to the full and fair recovery of our clients in the quickest and easiest manner possible. If you or someone you love sustained injuries due to the actions of a negligent driver, contact our pedestrian crash attorneys in Honolulu today by calling (808) 537-2525. Schedule a free and confidential assessment of your potential case to find out what legal options are available to you.   

Notes: Our team of writers uses secondary sources such as news reports, and local and state police incident reports to create these posts. We have not independently verified all of the facts surrounding this particular accident so if there is any information that is incorrect, please contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner right away so that we can update the post right away to reflect the most accurate information available. 

Disclaimer: This post is not a solicitation for business. The photo used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene. None of the information in this post is intended to be legal advice or medical advice. If you are injured in an accident, seek medical assistance immediately. 

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