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   March 25th, 2012 · 53 Comments · Comments Via Facebook (20) · Maui News

One of the vehicles involved in the fatal accident was severed; the other was crushed on the front end from impact. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

***An UPDATE is now posted at the following direct LINK.

(Update: 5:37 p.m. 3/25/12)

The involvement of speed and alcohol are suspected as factors in a Sunday morning crash that left five dead and four injured on Maui.

Maui police have since identified those killed in the crash as: Remington Taylor Redwell, 20 of Lahaina (male); Steven R. Shaw, 20 of Lahaina (male); Annastachia Cruz-Kalua, 19 of Pukalani (female); Ambrose Momoa, 20 of Waiehu (male); and Karl Barrack, 20, of Pukalani (male).

All five were passengers in a Dodge Neon that was headed north on the Kula Highway when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Suzuki headed in the opposite direction.

Maui police say all five passengers were ejected from the Dodge vehicle. Four of them died on scene, and the fifth, was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center where he later expired.

The driver of the blue 1998 Dodge Neon, a 21-year-old Pukalani man, was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

The three occupants of the blue 2003 Suzuki Aerio four-door sedan were also injured in the crash.

The 46-year-old male driver from and his 47-year-old female front-seat passenger, were treated and released. A 55-year-old woman who was a passenger remained hospitalized at last report in stable condition.  All three occupants of the Suzuki are residents of Pukalani.

The accident was reported at 6:36 a.m. on Sunday March 25, 2012 on Kula Highway, about 140 feet north of Noholoa Place.

According to police reports, the 1998 Blue Dodge Neon, driven by a 21-year-old Pukalani man, was headed north (Paia-bound) on Kula Highway with a total of six occupants aboard.

According to police reports, the vehicle was believed to be traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control, began to spin counterclockwise, crossed the center line, and collided into a Suzuki headed in the opposite direction.

Following the collision, the Suzuki came to rest on the south shoulder of Kula Highway, facing north, said police.

As a result of the collision, the Dodge sheered in half, with the front half coming to rest along the guard rail. The rear half landed in a brush area on the west shoulder of Kula Highway, according to police reports.

The two pieces landed approximately 185 feet apart from each other, according to Maui police.

Out of the 6 occupants of the Dodge, only the operator was wearing a seatbelt, according to the initial investigation.

All three occupants of Unit-2 were transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition. The driver and front seat passenger were wearing their seatbelts. They were treated and released from Maui Memorial Medical Center.

The rear seat passenger was not using a seatbelt and remained in the hospital in stable condition.

The accident was the 10th traffic fatality on Maui County roads this year compared to three at the same time last year.

The Dodge vehicle in volved in the Kula Highway crash was severed into peices following impact. Photo by Wendy Osher.

(Update: 3:59 p.m. 3/25/12)

Five people are dead and several others are injured following a morning head-on collision in Kula.

The accident was reported at 6:36 a.m. on the Kula Highway, just north of Noholoa Place.

According to the preliminary investigation, a 1998 Dodge four-door sedan was heading towards Pukalani and crossed the center line, colliding into a 2003 Suzuki four-door sedan.

Five of the six occupants from within the Dodge were ejected from the vehicle, according to Maui Police Lt. Wayne Ibarra. The Dodge vehicle split in two according to the investigation and witness statements.

“Upon police arrival, four of the occupants had succumbed to injuries at the scene. The fifth fatality, a male, expired at the Maui Memorial Medical Center,” said Lt. Ibarra.

Three of the occupants of the other vehicle (the 2003 Suzuki) were transported with non-life threatening injuries to the Maui Memorial Medical Center, according to police.

The operator of the Dodge had to be removed from the vehicle by the fire department, and his condition was unknown at last report.

“A preliminary investigation reveals that police investigators do suspect speed and alcohol. They are also investigating the possibility of narcotics or drugs,” said Lt. Ibarra.

This was the 10th fatality on Maui County roads this year, compared to three at the same time last year.

Police say the initial investigation indicates that the Dodge was full of young adults. Preliminary reports indicate that some of those involved in the crash were from Upcountry and West Maui.

Notification and identification, it is still pending, according to police.

“Any time, especially with speed as a factor in any accident, you’re going to have some damages and potential injuries,” said Lt. Ibarra.

“It’s very tragic, and although this is a holiday weekend—we still have another day in the holiday—so we just request that people drive more carefully, respect each other on the road, and drive with aloha,” said Lt. Ibarra.

The accident was reported at 6:36 a.m. on the Kula Highway, just north of Noholoa Place. Photo by Wendy Osher.

(Update: 12:31 p.m. 3/25/12)

The Kula Highway was reopened at 12:31 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

(Update: 12 p.m. 3/25/12)

Maui police say the cars involved in the accident included a blue 1998 Dodge four-door sedan. Authorities say the vehicle was traveling north on Kula Highway towards Pukalani, when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2003 Suzuki four-door sedan. Further details will be posted as they become available. Five people died as a result of the accident. The identities are pending release.

Kula Highway fatal accident 3/25/12. Photo by Wendy Osher.

(Posted: 9:03 a.m. 3/25/12)

Five individuals suffered fatal injuries in a Sunday morning accident on the Kula Highway, according to Maui Police.

The accident forced the closure of Kula Highway at 6:36 a.m. (on Sunday, March 25, 2012), while police conducted an investigation.

The Kula Highway road closure extends from Noholoa to Hoopalua Drive, with traffic being diverted down to Lower Kula Highway.

The fatalities included one female and four males, according to medics.

One of the male individuals who died was initially transported to the hospital with head injuries.  Four others, two females and two males, were transported to the hospital in stable condition, according to Ryan Joslin, spokesperson for the Maui County Paramedic Association.

Maui Police Lt. Wayne Ibarra said the accident involved two vehicles, one of which appeared to have gone left of center, colliding with the other vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

The accident remains under investigation.

***Check back for further updates as they become available.

Kula Highway fatal accident 3/25/12. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Kula Highway fatal accident 3/25/12. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Kula Highway fatal accident 3/25/12. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Kula Highway fatal accident 3/25/12. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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  • Missa2000

    OMG This Is So Sad!, Prayers To The Families Of Everyone Involved….

  • Deziventura

    Prayers go out to all the families! One week ago, a life was lost in my family….I can’t even imagine the heartache that these families are going through. Lord our god, lift these families up in prayer! Ugh…this hurts.

  • gramosjr7

    So sad, may the Lord by his grace draw their families to him in this tragadey.
    but there is blessed hope: 
    What will happen to you when you die?
    …it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:(Hebrews 9:27)
    How will you do on that day of judgment? You are going to give an account for every word, thought, and deed before the Judge of Heaven and Earth. Have you ever told lies, stolen, ever used God’s name in vain, or looked at someone with lust(just to name a few sins)? If yes, then you’ve sinned, and those sins make you a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart in the sight of the Holy, Just, and Righteous God. Will you be innocent or guilty in keeping God’s holy and perfect law(You shall not bear false witness, steal, take the Lord’s name in vain, etc.) without sin? The Bible says that if you are guilty you will end up in “the lake of fire”. It is written, “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, nor thieves shall inherit the kingdom of God, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain, nor adulterers shall inherit the kingdom of God.” Because God is Holy, Just, and Righteous, God must, and He will, punish all sin. You will perish.
     But there is Good News. God provided a way for you to escape His wrath and be forgiven of all sin. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ in the form of man (God manifest in the flesh), to shed His blood and die for your sins on a cross for you. He took the wrath of God that you deserve, and  shed His blood for the remission of your sins, for it is written “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”. It’s also written “without the shedding of blood there is no remission”. His blood washes away all your sins.  He died, was buried, and  rose again from the dead on the third day. “He has risen!” Repent(turn from unbelief), and believe the Gospel, “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”. God commands that you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. So today, believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and you should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    • Anonymous

      How thoughtful of you to take this opportunity to give us all a sermon.

      • Niele57

        The sermon should be about drinking, drugging and driving.

    • Rock

      Inappropriate.

    • On2Life

       Really?      Could you hold back on pushing your crazy religious sermon and just be with the unfortunate parent’s friends and families in your thought and even prayers,that just lost their loved ones at such an early point in there lives. This is a tragedy not your  opportunity to make it about your own agenda and preach.
      Get Real….. 

    • Palaka1

      Take your tract elsewhere

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Steven-Aldrich/100000187460373 Larry Steven Aldrich

      Very inappropriate!

    • The Ugly Truth

      No wants wants to hear about your ancient fiction story and some Jew who got crucified. All your bloody prayers won’t make these drunk kids magically come back to life or reverse the injuries of the survivors. Piss off.

  • Dinah

    I received a call to see if we were alright. We live in Kula.  Had no idea of the accident but did hear all the sirens this morning. Our prayers & thoughts go out to all the families involved.  I lost my dad in a traffic accident years ago. 

  • Shaynna Kamai

    PRAYERS GO OUT TO DA FAMILY DAT LOST THEIR LIVES  2DAY IN DA ACCIDENT UP IN KULA…….KEEP UR HEADS UP AND BE STRONG…..WE WILL BE PRAYING 4 YOUR FAMILY……GOD BLESS…

  • http://twitter.com/Aloha_Analytics Aloha Analytics

    Terrible.

  • Getting the whole story!

    Check the Maui News in the morning, they will have all of the details we aren’t getting here.

    • Helena Melekiola

      Thankyou…

    • Ah Come on

      I would except it’s Monday morning and Maui News still hasn’t updated their website. No can dat kine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000200784333 Nani Adams

    this is hella sad n crazy… prayers out to the families… that kula hwy has taken so many young lives, this is heartbreaking…

    • Gern Blanston

      The Kula Highway has not taken ANY lives. 

      Individual people making bad decisions about alcohol, drugs, and reckless driving have taken many young lives.

  • Stoutboonelori

    My heart aches for the parents ,and family for there terrible loss ,,my prayer ,and thoughts are with the families ,,,it saddens me how young ,,all 5 ,that died ,,,my husband died in a car accident ,,it was so shocking ,,,so ,I know the family to these young adults are in terrible shock ,,,just shows we are never guaranteed a second ,and life is so precious,,,my heart and soul goes to the parents ,,I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child ,,I pray to god to ease there pain ,,,,,,,,no parent should ever have to bury a child ,,,god be with ,and bless the family’s

  • Leilanispikake

    Before you drink, drug, party and drive and think you can handle please think of the families left behind who are broken hearted….it’s not worth it….live and enjoy life…make good choices.  My prayers and condolences to the families and to those who lost their lives to soon….so sad…

  • Maka’ala

    When is the “appropriate time” all you geniuses out there to “preach”?  You’re so smart!  Do you have a better solution or more “appropriate ”  suggestion to comfort these families?  If not, let him/her share what has worked for many and will continue to provide solace for many more to come.  In hindsight, this “sermon” came too late.  No need tell kids about drugs, drinking, driving…they know all about that already from school, tv, watching their families etc.  Maybe it’s time to try the truth, they way, and the light.  We ignore our spirituality day to day, but when tragedy strikes, either blame or seek God.  Let others share insight to things which may bring comfort.  Whether you like it or not, maybe the families would appreciate hearing it.  Don’t be such haters.

    • Stoutboonelori

      Not ,all ,,please don’t speak for all ,,faith is with me day and night ,,I live by it ,and I keep my faith strong ,,,not when tragedy happens ,,,I have a lot of compassion ,cause I’ve had tragedys happen ,,I know that hurt ,,and for drugs and alcohol ,and driving ,,,your right our children see it ,,but as a parent ,,u hope your child ,makes the right desion,,

      • Maka’ala

         I think we can see that no ONE can speak for all.  But ALL have a right to speak. 

  • Gern Blanston

    gramosjr7, thank you for having the courage to speak the truth during this difficult time.  Many will casually throw around the word “prayers”, but you really got into the meat and potatoes of it.  Those who hate Jesus vastly out-number those who don’t, so the harsh comments don’t surprise me. 

    • Em

      His comment wasn’t about offering comfort. It was about spinning a tragedy for the sake of an agenda. I don’t hate Jesus as you might suspect, but there is an appropriate time and place and this is neither. His timing promotes a gospel of blame and fear. And I don’t think this is either of the things Christians want, is it? And not even on the topic of when and where, he is insinuating that alcohol is inherently evil. Furthermore, I don’t think those families want to hear any of their dead children referred to as a “lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer.” And I think most people would agree with. Or at least, I hope to God, that they do.

  • Gern Blanston

    Let’s show some aloha for the three people in the other car who were maimed as a result of the selfish decisions made by the driver of the Dodge.  Did he even have a driver’s license?

  • Gern Blanston

    Let’s show some aloha for the three people in the other car who were maimed as a result of the selfish decisions made by the driver of the Dodge.  Did he even have a driver’s license?

  • Gern Blanston

    This driver is a mass-murderer.  He killed as many people as Ted Bundy murdered in Oregon, Idaho, and California COMBINED!

    • Cuelhoohana

      Murder is intentional…this was a dumb, young mistake that all the youths in the vehicle!! They all drank and got in a car w/ a drunk driver!!! They all are adults who made the wrong decision!! Don’t judge the driver he was young and dumb but not a murderer!! Kinda harsh and inappropriate at this time… I know one of the kids in the car…. ALL ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTION!!! But honestly not what the families need to hear…. Oh but I’m sorry u must be perfect so u feel the need to throw the first stone ya? Humility is key..pray no persecute !! Just saying …….no really care if u care….

      • Maka’ala

         Brah, now THAT’S inappropriate.

        • Ateam102 9

           sorry, my remark was meant for GERN.

    • Maui’sBigShot

      comment like this is why maui has no more ALOHA people  like gern ..Sorry to hear about the lost and prayer goes out to all the familys thats been affected by this tragedy ..

  • KATHY

    WE ARE AN ISLAND FAMILY RESIDING IN LAS VEGAS, NEVER FORGETTING OUR ROOTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS WE HAD TO PAINFULLY LEAVE BEHIND. ITS SO UNFORTUNATE THE ONLY TIME WE GET NEWS FROM HOME IS WHEN WE ARE HAPPY TO ENTERTAIN WHEN THEY COME TO VISIT BRINGING US ALOHA FROM HOME OUR MAUI NO KA OI. BUT SADLY WE GET THE OCCASIONAL PHONE CALL BAREING BAD NEWS. IT SADDENS US AND THIS ONE HITS HOME. WE SEND OUR LOVE, OUR PRAYERS AND OUR STRENGTH TO ALL OF OUR ISLAND FAMILY FOR WE ARE FROM HAWAII ONE FAMILY. ONE OF THE YOUNG MEN WHO PASSED IN THIS TRADGEDY WE WERE CLOSE TO AT ONE TIME MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS DAD WHO SOME MONTHS BEFORE WE LEFT BURRIED HIS WIFE AND NOW HIS SON….THEY ARE NOW TOGETHER IN GODS PRESSENCE…WE MISS YOU OUR ISLAND MAUI TAKE CARE OF MY LOVED ONES I LEFT BEHIND………

  • Upcon3boi

    Terrible tragedy. Hopefully others can learn from this event and not make the same choices. Remember people, we ALL make mistakes… so lets not rush to judgment. Let the families grieve without all the negativity. Live Aloha, now more than ever. Let this be a reminder that tomorrow is not guaranteed… hug your keiki and tell them how much you love them.

  • Upcon3boi

    To Gern Blanston. Your comments aren’t so pono. Think before you post. If you love jesus so much, try showing more compassion for ALL involved. Just saying…

  • Tonycav71

    So Sad

    All I can say is, What a Loss of Life !!!

    Why are we getting into Cars thinking that it’s not going to happen to me, wrong !!!

    Let’s work together and make our roads safer and stop the body count.

    Here in Australia there is an average of one death a day on our roads this year and I ask – WHY?

    To the families of the childern that has left us, I’m sorry to hear this.

    I know what your going through, I’ve lost many of friends in the past and it hurts…….

    In Memory !!!

  • Neal

    So sad that people don’t pay attention to all the accident that are happening on Maui and learn from it….

    • Hyperhpndaman

      well said slow down

  • a mom

    How tragic for our island to lose these lives that held such promise…I pray the love of God surround these families like a blanket bringing a peace that only His Spirit can bring.

  • This Guy

    So unbelievably tragic.  Alcohol and Speed are suspected as factors.  The lone survivor of the Dodge Neon was the driver.  He now has to live his life, knowing his stupid actions killed 5 of his friends.  Tragic.

    • Tonycav71

      Yes and so true.

      It would be bloody hard now for this driver.

      I could not even think of being in their position after this.

      • Gern Blanston

        I think it was probably harder for the five people he killed, and the three additional people that he maimed.

  • Don0144

    To get the full story on all of this pick up this morning’s maui news — a lot more details there — or go to their website.
     

  • Mauigurl86

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this tragedy including the driver of the Dodge.  Please stay safe Maui people; buckle up; and take care of each other.

  • Augie808

    My heart breaks for the ohana left behind. The seatbelt laws in Hawaii need to change, maybe fatality would not have been the outcome…who knows. I have no words…

    • Maka’ala

       Um, that’s right.  Change the seat belt laws.  Regardless of the fact that several other laws were broken which were the real contributing factor to this tragedy.  That’s like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    • Tonycav71

      Hi,

      Just reading this re Seat Belts

      So you don’t have to use them there?

      Here in Australia if caught about – AUD $100 ticket or more.

      Tony Cav
      Rescue Officer

      • GUEST

        we have to or we get fined $92 everytime we get caught. we call it click it or ticket!

      • Gern Blanston

        Tony, Hawaii doesn’t value the lives of people in general, and children in particular, in the way that the rest of the civilized world does.  Adults riding in the rear seat are not required by law to wear seatbelts.  It’s legal to carry human passengers in the beds of pickup trucks.  There are no open liquor container laws.  There are no public intoxication laws.  And it’s perfectly legal to have sex with 16 year old children. 

        • guest

          Gern, PLEASE STOP. You are being so disrespectful. Extremely inappropriate.

  • GUEST

    our laws in hawaii is that if you get caught without your seatbelt it $92 ticket.

    • Tomtate

      only the front passengers have to wear seat belts ,if you get caught without your seat belt it is a $92 ticket. back seat and back of pick up trucks there is no law for seat belts.

  • LESLIE

    Gern Blanston needs to be BLOCKED from this immediately in my opinion. Disrespectful, inappropriate comments.
    Mahalo, 


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