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Car strikes, injures man at intersection

HONOLULU — Honolulu police said a man was struck and critically injured in a traffic accident.

Police describe the man as being in his early 30s. Police say officers recognized the victim as a homeless man.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a 77-year-old woman was driving a compact car just before 8 p.m. Wednesday and struck the man at Makaloa and Kaheka streets.

Police said the pedestrian was in the middle of the intersection and not in a marked crosswalk.

The impact shattered the car windshield. Neither the driver nor her three passengers were injured.

The name of the injured man was not immediately reported.

Severed cable knocks out Pearl City phones

HONOLULU — A spokeswoman for Hawaiian Telecom says a would-be copper thief may be responsible for an outage that left more than 200 Pearl City customers without service.

Ann Nishida Fry told KHON-TV phone cable was found severed by a saw or other cutting device in Pacific Palisades.

She says someone would have had to cross through a half-mile of brush to reach the secluded spot and that the motive likely was copper theft.

Affected customers lost service for more than a day.

No copper cable was stolen. Nishida Fry said the cable contains a gel that sticks to copper and makes it undesirable for selling.

She said the crime is frustrating because it knocks service out to customers and poses a threat for repair crews.

Service was restored Wednesday.

6 Honolulu firefighters learning at Colo. wildfire

DEL NORTE, Colo. — Some firefighters from Hawaii are at the scene of the massive wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado.

Six firefighters from the Honolulu Fire Department have been shadowing commanders at the West Fork Fire complex. Fire managers said Thursday they’re there to learn more about the management of long-term incidents because their incidents only last a day or two.

The original fire started three weeks ago and has since grown to include two more fires burning on a total of 130 square miles. It’s forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from the summer retreat of South Fork and closed a stretch of a key roadway. Firefighters are pinning their hopes on controlling the fire on the arrival of afternoon thunderstorms during monsoon season. That typically starts in July.