Distracted driving may be factor in deadly crash on Kalanianaole Hwy.

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A pedestrian died Friday morning on Kalanianaole Highway during her morning jog.

It happened at around 6:30 a.m. just west of Wailupe Beach Park.

The jogger was later identified by the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office as 54-year-old Cynthia Timtim Soneda.

According to police, a separate collision occurred on the makai sidewalk heading eastbound, blocking Soneda’s path.

Police say that Soneda entered the crosswalk heading mauka and was hit by a Nissan Leaf traveling in the contraflow lane.

“When the pedestrian was hit by the first vehicle, she was thrown onto the roadway where she was run over by a second vehicle, a truck that was heading eastbound,” said Lt. Carlene Lau of the Honolulu Police Department Friday.

The drivers were not injured and neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors, police said. However, their investigation will include looking into the possibility that the driver was distracted at the time of the collision.

“Everybody thinks it’s just using your cell phone, but it’s really not. It’s paying attention to the roadway, looking forward and paying attention to where you’re heading,” Lau said. “It’s human nature to be curious. They want to see what’s going on, but I really encourage drivers don’t look, don’t be the rubber-necker slowing traffic down, because even though you think you take your eyes off the road for just a second, it really can be a deadly mistake.”

While many of us know that texting and driving is illegal, you might not know that you can also get a ticket if distracted driving leads to an accident — anything from putting on makeup to eating and even rubber-necking.

Since Jan. 1, 2014, HPD has issued 417 citations for inattention to driving (Hawaii Revised Statutes §291-12). Drivers face up to a $500 fine, 30 days imprisonment or both.

“People always look at accidents and maybe the pedestrian was doing that as well,” said Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi. “We all have to be very careful. It’s just so sad. We don’t want these things to keep happening.”

The eastbound lanes between Waa and Kaai streets were shut down for several hours while police investigated and cleared the scene, with traffic contraflowed in the westbound lanes. All lanes were reopened at around 9:10 a.m.

This is the 29th traffic fatality on Oahu compared to 28 at this time last year.

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