Woman who died after car ended up in Hawaii Kai lagoon identified

Woman dies after her car ends up in Hawaii Kai lagoon

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The woman who died after her car ended up in a Hawaii Kai lagoon on Tuesday has been identified.

On Sunday, the Office of the Medical Examiner identified her as 62-year-old Joanne Moncrief of Honolulu.

Moncrief was traveling southbound on Opoi Street around noon when she failed to stop “for an unknown reason” and ended up in the lagoon, traffic investigators said.

Matt Smith who lives nearby recalled hearing a big splash and he rushed to the scene.

“When I got there, another gentleman jumped in the water and we didn’t see anybody at first but then we got to the driver’s side and the window was open and there was (an) older lady there and so we were able to pull her out and a couple of other folks helped us lift her out,” Smith said.

He added that bystanders started CPR right away.

Emergency responders were there within minutes.

Moncrief was the only person in the vehicle. She was taken to an area hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.

Her death marks the 39th so far this year on Oahu roads, compared to 38 this time last year.

The medical examiner said her exact cause of death was unavailable.

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