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Residents and community members in Kailua, Hawaii are urging the city to take action to improve safety along a dangerous stretch of road.

On January 2nd, 71-year-old Jenifer Van Lent was killed by a driver while walking in a marked crosswalk near Kaelepulu Elementary School.

The school principal and parents are concerned for the safety of their students who also use the same crosswalk.

Despite the speed limit being 25 mph, the average driver is reportedly going 42 mph in the area.

According to the Department of Transportation Services, there have been three pedestrian fatalities and 21 other accidents injuring pedestrians on this stretch of road, including two children.

Residents and lawmakers are calling for solutions such as refuge islands, curb extensions, gateway treatments, or speed humps to be implemented quickly.

The death of 16-year-old Sara Yara in a crosswalk in another part of Hawaii serves as a stark reminder of the importance of taking action to improve pedestrian safety.

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