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Medical Examiner’s office releases identities from recent fatal accidents

  • GREGG K. KAKESAKO / GKAKESAKO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Cynthia Timtim Soneda was crossing Kalanianaole Highway near Wai­lupe Beach Park on Friday morning when she was hit by a car.
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The victims of two recent fatal accidents on Honolulu’s roads in the past week have been identified, and the cause of death has been given for a driver who had veered across the King Street protected bike lane, striking a cyclist, and then a wall at the Straub Clinic & Hospital.

The city medical examiner’s office identified 54-year-old Cynthia Timtim Soneda as the jogger who was hit and killed by two vehicles Friday morning while in a marked crosswalk on Kalanianaole Highway.  Soneda may have been trying to avoid a separate car accident near Wailupe Beach Park when she was hit.

The medical examiner’s office further identified 31-year-old Dale Kavulla as the motorcyclist who was killed driving the wrong way on the H-1 Freeway Wednesday near Kahala Mall.  

According to police, Kavulla had been traveling Koko Head in the center town-bound lane of the freeway when he collided with a sports utility vehicle. The force then threw Kavulla, who was not wearing a helmet, into the opposite Koko Head-bound lane, where he was inadvertently run over by another driver, police say.

Additionally, the medical examiner’s office listed blunt-force injury of the head, torso and upper-right extremity as the cause of death for 83-year-old Charlotte Tamai, who hit the wall at Straub. 

Tamai had reportedly been trying to get herself to the hospital at the time of the crash.

Officials with the medial examiner’s office say that trauma supercedes any other factors when determining the cause of death.

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