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Maui Teen Suffers Fatal Injuries in Olowalu Crash

March 24, 2013, 10:07 AM HST
* Updated March 24, 10:09 AM
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By Wendy Osher

A motorist suffered fatal injuries in a single car crash in the Olowalu area of the Honoapiilani Highway early this morning.  Maui police have since identified the victim as 19-year-old Jared Alvarez of Lahaina.

Police say, Alvarez was traveling north on the Highway toward Lahaina at around 2:34 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, when the incident occurred.

According to police reports, the white 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee that the man was driving traveled off the roadway onto the north-bound shoulder near Mile Marker-16.  Police say the vehicle then came back onto the roadway, overturned onto its driver’s side, and traveled into the south-bound shoulder where it collided into a telephone pole before coming to rest.

Police say the man was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.  A police report noted that the seat belt was buckled, however the driver was sitting in front of it.

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Police say Alvarez was the lone occupant of the vehicle and died at the scene of the crash.  The official pronouncement of death came shortly after 7 a.m. following transport to the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

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The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

This was Maui County’s 4th traffic fatality for 2013 compared to 5 at this same time last year.

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