Maui Suffers 2nd Pedestrian Fatality in as Many Days
By Wendy Osher
(Update: 8:01 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2010)
Maui police have since released the identity of the man killed in a pedestrian accident early Thursday morning on the Honoapiilani Highway as 28-year-old Nathaniel Alters of Star, Idaho.
(Update: 5:45 a.m. Thursday, March 18, 2010)
A second pedestrian death in as many days has claimed the life of a Maui man. The latest incident occurred early this morning (Thursday, March 18, 2010) in West Maui. A 28-year-old man died after being struck by a Mazda passenger van that was traveling south on the Honoapiilani Highway.
Maui police say the accident occurred at 12:17 a.m. 0.1 miles North of Keawe Street. The accident forced the closure of the Honoapiilani Highway between Kapunakea Street and Keawe Street from 12:39 to 4:17 a.m.
As a result of this collision, the pedestrian died at the scene. The driver (and only occupant of the van) was using a seatbelt and was not injured.
Identification of the pedestrian is pending positive identification and notification next of kin.
The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are still under investigation.
Yesterday, a 66-year-old man suffered fatal injuries when he was stuck by two vehicles while crossing Puunene Avenue on foot early Wednesday morning. The pedestrian died at the scene.
Maui police say the man has no local address, and his identity is being withheld until next-of–kin can be located and notified. The accident was reported at 5:35 a.m. on Puunene Avenue, south of the Kamehameha Avenue intersection near the Kahului Post Office.
According to police reports, a 2006 Toyota sedan operated by a 21 year old Lahaina woman, struck the pedestrian first. A second vehicle, a 1992 Mazda pickup truck, operated by a 58 year old Kihei man, was the second vehicle to strike the pedestrian.
The drivers of both vehicles were traveling North on Puunene Avenue when the accident occurred. Both were wearing seatbelts and were not injured.
The fatalities were the 3rd and 4th on Maui County road this year compared to 4 at the same time last year.