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UPDATE: Fatal Accident in Maalaea Claims Two Lives

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   March 18th, 2012 · 35 Disqus Comments ·
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A double motorcycle fatality occurred just south of the Honoapiilani/North Kihei Road intersection. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

(Update: 3:51 a.m., 1:38 a.m. 3/19/12)

The names of those who suffered fatal injuries in a Sunday afternoon motorcycle accident on Maui have been released.

Maui police say Abel Ventura Jr., 58, and Marlene Debnam, 56, both of Maui, died at the scene.

The accident occurred at 5:13 p.m. about 600 feet south of the Honoapiilani/North Kihei Road intersection.

Both Ventura and Debnam were part of a pack of over 50 motorcycles that were riding together as part of an organized St. Patrick’s motorcycle rally.

Ventura, who was operating a red 1988 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was traveling south towards Kihei on North Kihei Road, when he crossed the double solid yellow lines and collided into a grey 1988 Toyota pickup that was traveling in the opposite direction toward the Honoapiilani Highway, according to police reports.

Police say Ventura then continued south within the northbound lane and collided with another pickup truck, a red 2007 Toyota Tacoma, that was traveling north.

As a result of being struck by Ventura’s motorcycle, the first pickup, the 1988 Toyota, veered to the left and ended up in the path of other southbound vehicles, according to police reports.

Police say the driver traveled into the southbound lane of North Kihei Road where a 46-year-old man operating a maroon 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle braked and skidded onto its left side.  The motorcyclist suffered lacerations to his left elbow and calf, and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room where he was treated and released for his injuries.  The motorcycle was then struck from behind by a fifth vehicle, a black 1975 Harley Davidson motorcycle, which was also traveling south.

The first pickup was then struck by three additional motorcycles: a black 1988 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a black 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a black 2004 Yamaha motorcycle driven by Debnam.

The operator of the black 1988 Harley Davidson, a 56-year-old female, suffered a fractured left arm and injuries to her left knee. She was also transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment.

The operator of the black 1998 Harley Davidson, a 49-year-old man, suffered exhaust burns to the side of his right shin area. Authorities say he was treated and released by medical personnel at the scene.

There were no other injuries reported by anyone involved.  All the vehicles involved only had operators, and both pickup truck drivers were using their seat belts. None of the motorcycles involved in the accident were wearing helmets, according to police.

The involvement of speed, alcohol and drugs remain under investigation at this time.

This was Maui County’s fourth and fifth fatality compared to two at the same time last year.

(Update: 9:53 p.m. 3/18/12)  North Kihei Road is now open in both directions.  It was closed from 5:23 p.m. to 9:53 p.m. while police investigated a double fatality.  The names of the deceased have not yet been released, and are pending notification of next of kin.

(Update: 7:28 p.m. 3/18/12) Maui police say the two people who died in today’s accident on North Kihei Road are believed to both be motorcyclists.

The motorcyclists had just made a right hand turn onto North Kihei Road from the Honoapiilani Highway when the accident occurred, according to Maui Police Lt. Wayne Ibarra.

Sources say they were struck by a truck that had crossed the center line, headed in the opposite direction (the truck was headed north on North Kihei Road).

A double motorcycle fatality occurred just south of the Honoapiilani/North Kihei Road intersection. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The accident occurred just before 5:15 p.m., and the road has been closed since 5:23 p.m.

In addition to the fatalities, two other individuals were transported to the hospital–one in critical and one in stable condition, according to medics.

(Posted: 5:49 p.m. 3/18/12)

Two motorists on Maui suffered fatal injuries in an afternoon accident north of the Maalaea Power Plant, according to authorities.

Maui police closed North Kihei Road at 5:23 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2012, and dispatched investigators to the scene.  North Kihei Road remained closed at last report between South Kihei Road and the Honoapiilani Highway.

A double motorcycle fatality occurred just south of the Honoapiilani/North Kihei Road intersection. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Aside from the fatalities, medics transported two other individuals to the hospital–one in critical, and one in stable condition.

According to our sources, a truck crossed the center line and hit a group of motorcyclists.

Rescue and emergency responders remain on scene.

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  • Missa2000

    So sad :(

  • Iamatroller

    MUAHAHHAHAHAHA I HATE MOTORCYCLES

    • Kaianna_sexy1

       how dare you. do you have no remorse for people!! i work with motorcyclist and those people are sweet generous people and are like everyone else! god forbid that will happen to you or your family. how would you like someone to say that about you. i am not religious person but i will pray for you because it sounds like you do. because karma is a itch.

      • DNH D3athKnight

         I agree… people with the kind of mentality that Iamatroller has, don’t deserve to know how to use the internet or any other form of communication. Every person has the ability to have sympathy for others, he/she on the other hand is one of the few that makes comments about things that they shouldn’t, and wants to make others feel as bad as they do. For what ever reason that he/she thought it was a good idea to post something SO insensitive to the feelings of others, was either because he/she thought it would be a funny joke, or because they are an uncaring piece of trash. Either way, comments like those should be kept to yourself; this is a sad tragedy and comments like that are not warranted. You need to learn to think before you act or speak. I hope that Iamatroller learns the meaning of losing someone, and when you do, you will understand exactly why it is that Kaianna and I are replying to what you said. I am not a very religious person either, but I do know what it’s like to lose someone, and I do know that if you had posted something like that about my loss, in that state of mind, I would have hunted you down and made an example out of someone YOU cared about. But in this instance I will just say that I hope you feel the pain of losing someone and having someone else make fun of that loss. Iamatroller, you choose a fitting name, because you ARE a troll, and I pray that you will learn from the words we are giving you, so that you never make this mistake again.

    • Kaianna_sexy1

       how dare you. do you have no remorse for people!! i work with motorcyclist and those people are sweet generous people and are like everyone else! god forbid that will happen to you or your family. how would you like someone to say that about you. i am not religious person but i will pray for you because it sounds like you do. because karma is a itch.

    • Renzoj1808

      Wow buddy i hope see here on maui, I’ll knock you the **** out

    • Mygirlmaui

      Buddy, you’re sick.

    • Braddah Waiks

      Brah come to my face and tell me that. I tell you what, hope you dont loose a family member cause somebody elses mistake. Brah you need to check yourself before you say stupid things like that. To all my braddahs and sistahs involved may God Bless all of you !!!!!!!!

      • Terrierwin

        Good to see you posting.  You are all in my prayers tonight.

    • Blueringtako

      Hey Iamatroller, just so happened that one of those people who just got killed is a very dear friend of mine.  Before you start saying poorly put words to post out their, think first.  Remember that words have a great impact and the wrongs one’s stick around for a long time.  Be alert and squash your ignorant  ego… try to better your thoughts, confusion, and always be kind to yourself and others.  Remember, KARMA  accumulates.  Thank you

    • Sissy

      u should mind your mouth!!! it was’nt even the bikers fault you idiot, stay off the internet u dum ***!!
      GOD BLESS ALL OUR BIKER OHANA AND THERE FAMILIES…..TAKE CARE EVERYONE AND STAY
      SAFE OUT THERE..LETS ALL GET INTO PRAYER….

    • Sissy

      u should mind your mouth!!! it was’nt even the bikers fault you idiot, stay off the internet u dum ****!!
      GOD BLESS ALL OUR BIKER OHANA AND THERE FAMILIES…..TAKE CARE EVERYONE AND STAY
      SAFE OUT THERE..LETS ALL GET INTO PRAYER….

  • Shellgirl2u

    Usually the people who hate Bikers are the ones who know nothing about them.  They lost their lives and your laughing, how cruel can you be. That’s so sad.  I know many of the bikers who were enjoying the days events. Prayers for those who lost their lives and those who are hurting tonight.

  • Mauigirl808

    So sad that we have people out there with no heart, it doesn’t matter if you dislike motorcycles, or in the pass you hear about motorcyclists causing accident.  Come on people some family out there lost there love ones, and if I was the family would be very upset to read the disgusting comments that is being left.  My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of the victim, and I asked our heavenly father to please forgive those who have no heart to care. 

  • Missa2000

    So sad so very very sad

  • BigMama808

    My blessing to the families of those that died.. Everyone has a rite to their own opinion even if u disagree… Instead of exchanging heartful words or say things thay is hurtful just pray for that person/persons… Those that have died in that horrible accident has families that needs comforting not all this bull crap. ALOHA

  • Snalani808

    God Bless all those that were involved this afternoon. I was a witness to this horrific tragedy, along with my 14yr old sister & 10yr old daughter. The vision of someone slipping away from earth, hurts my heart & the pain that we all felt will truly be hard to get over, for that vision is stuck in my head. While there helping, all I could do was pray… Pray for those who have left the world & those who are and still is impacted by this tragedy. May God’s Blessing’s be upon your families & all those who were affected. Please all drivers, BE VERY AWARE of your surrounding’s and the word RESPECT should always be abided. How many more innocent lives must be taken before we realize how precious our lives really are? Remember, this is MAUI, a land of ALOHA; show The ALOHA spirit we have, not kill it! Love to all motorcycle riderz out there & especially to Koa Puna Club.. Always in our hearts & thoughts<3

  • KAT

    THis is awful!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jordan Jacobs

    This isn’t accuarte. Though my condolences to the families who are involved and witnessed this accident

    • mvn

      why isnt it accurate?

      • Jordan Jacobs

        on channel 2 news, they reported that the motorcylist crossed over the center lane and collided into the truck. what really happened?

        • http://mauinow.com Maui Now Staff

          The accident involved a total of 2 pickup trucks and 6 motorcycles. The initial impact involved a motorcyclist crossing the yellow line into northbound traffic.  Subsequent impacts involved the pickup crossing into the path of south-bound traffic. So both are right.  No inaccuracies, just a developing story that involved multiple people.  Mahalo for your comments.

  • P1967monet

    Praying for u all cant sleep sad god bless an pay attention damnit an whos the smart ass??? Really shame on you …yuk fu

  • Guest

    Im sad for all involved. We had lunch to day at the same establishment as the group ate.  We left a half hour before the accident, everyone was having fun, being respectful, and smiling.  Its sad to know that the day ended so sadly for everyone. Our condolences.

  • 808link59

    RIP 

  • A “Son”

    Aloha to the Koa for thier loss.   RIP Abel and Marlene.

    A “Son”

  • Anonymous

    Tragic for all concerned.  We have a small community on Maui so when something likes this happens we all feel the waves of pain.

  • http://www.lightandsavory.com/ Linda Kubit

    I was good friends with Marlene… I’m absolutely crushed by this news.  She was one of the sweetest, loving, caring women I’ve ever met.  She will be dearly missed.  Marlene always said she felt closest to God when she was on her bike riding with the wind in her hair.  The only thing that give me peace is the fact that she left this world doing  the thing she loved the most.  Peaceful rest my sweet Marlene.   

    • tm

      I agree.  She is a sweetheart, one of my dearest friends.  Can’t believe it happened, I know she’s praising the Lord in Heaven, will miss her immensely.  God Bless and Help her family for their great lost. tm

  • Sharyndoerwald

    Abel I’ll miss you not coming home from work and chatting with the neighbors.  RIP both you and Marlene

  • Auntyaloha74

    my prayers and condolences for everyone involved in the accident

  • Christa 1

    How sad! To our biker friends, PLEASE be very careful out there. 

  • RG

    Marlene was a great woman inspire of her curcomstances beyond her control , I never heard her complain! God Bless you and now you can rest in peace my friend.

  • LekaT21

    Dude i just came back from Cali the other day & heard about this incident last night..& All i gotta say is that dude your hella messed up to say that kinda messed up crap!!, how would you like it if one of your relatives got banged up like that huh?!? If anything you should be grateful that it wasn’t any of them. So i came here to send my condolences to the victims family , My heart goes out to all of you. & may i advise you not to worry, for they are smiling down on us and watch over you all as our guardian angel (: but til then, may your sweet souls Rest Easy In God’s Love til’ we meet again!!!

  • Ron Troia

    On Behalf of the members of  the Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association I would like to express my heartfelt concolences to the families and friends of the victims of this crash.  May they find peace and comfort in the coming days and weeks and maythe injured have full and speedy recoveries.


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