A 70-year-old woman jogger, who may have been trying to avoid a car accident near Wailupe Beach Park, was run over and killed in a marked crosswalk on Kalanianaole Highway Friday morning.
Police Lt. Carlene Lau, a Traffic Division spokeswoman, said the chain of events began at 5:45 a.m. at Waa Street and Kalanianaole Highway when a Scion traveling Koko Head on Kalanianaole Highway rear-ended a parked car.
Twenty minutes later, the jogger decided to cross Kalanaianaole Highway to avoid the two damaged vehicles, Lau said.
The jogger entered a marked crosswalk fronting 5005 Kalanianaole Highway and was hit by a red Nissan Leaf, driven by a woman in her 30s, traveling in the High Occupancy Vehicle lane heading townbound.
The jogger fell and a Chevy truck ran over her. Lau said.
The woman died at 6:30 a.m. at the scene, Emergency Medical Services reported.
Lau said police believe the jogger is an area resident and need help in identifying her since she wasn’t carrying any identification.
The death is Oahu’s 29th traffic fatality, compared to 28 at the same time last year.
Police closed Koko-Head bound lanes of the highway between Waa and Kaai streets following the fatal accident and reopened the lanes just before 8:30 a.m.
The contraflow HOV lane going to town was also closed, causing a major traffic snarl for East Oahu commuters.