HONOLULU — An on-duty Honolulu police officer struck and killed a 57-year-old pedestrian who ran in front of the SUV on the freeway, authorities said.

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said it appears the man ran into the path of the officer’s vehicle. She said an autopsy will determine whether the pedestrian was impaired by drugs or other substances.

The man, whose name has not yet been confirmed, was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday night, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported . The crash happened on the H-1 freeway in Pearl City.

“At this time, it appears to be an accident,” Ballard said. “The pedestrian ran into the freeway and he just didn’t really have a chance to react.”

The 46-year-old patrol sergeant, who has 23 years of experience, has been placed on standard temporary paid leave, Ballard said. Police are investigating the case as they would any similar incident, she said.

“At this time, there is no indication of alcohol or speeding involved,” Ballard said.

Ballard held a news conference on Sunday, asking anyone who might have seen the crash to come forward.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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