Carl Viti-February 2001

HONOLULU (AP) - Carl Viti, a Honolulu Advertiser photographer, was fatally injured Sunday in a hit-and-run traffic accident while riding his bicycle. He was 52. A self-taught photographer, Viti joined the Advertiser in 1983 after working for two years as a stringer for The Associated Press in San Francisco. Viti was pedaling his 10-speed along the paved shoulder of Kamehameha Highway just before 10:30 a.m. when he was struck from the rear by a car, police said. Viti hit the car's windshield before landing by the side of the road, they said. An Army medevac helicopter flew Viti to The Queen's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a little more than two hours after the accident. The driver pulled over and indicated to other motorists who also stopped that he was going for help, witnesses said. He never returned. A native of San Francisco, Viti graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz before joining the Peace Corps almost 30 years ago. "He shot every kind of assignment you can shoot in Hawaii, and the quality of his work was recognized in the many awards he received," Advertiser Editor Jim Gatti said. "Carl was always coming up with the unique angle to tell a story, and I think he loved every assignment he ever had," former editor Gerry Keir said. After teaching English to children in Micronesia for three years, Viti remained in the Pacific to captain a trimaran sailboat. He also trained himself to be a photographer before joining the Pacific Daily News on Guam. "He was the consummate professional as a photographer," said Greg Ambrose, a Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporter who worked with Viti at the Pacific Daily News 25 years ago. "All his pictures had warmth and centered around the human element." Viti is survived by his wife, Rubylyn, a page designer at the Star-Bulletin, and a 5-year-old son.

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