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Lahaina Moped Operator Dies in Head-On Kahana Crash

July 26, 2013, 2:35 PM HST
* Updated July 26, 2:47 PM
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By Wendy Osher

A 19-year-old Maui man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a motor vehicle crash in Kahana on Thursday night, police said.

Maui police have since identified the man as Chanse Uyeda of Lahaina.

The incident was reported at 8:17 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, on Lower Honoapiʻilani Road fronting the Kahana Reef condominium complex.

According to police reports, Uyeda was operating a black 2003 Yamaha Zuma moped, and was headed south on Lower Honoapiʻilani Road when he crossed the center line and collided head-on into a 2011 Ford Fusion, traveling in the opposite direction.

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Uyeda was initially transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment, but later died of his injuries, police said.

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According to police reports, the operator of the Fusion, a 37-year-old man from Arlington, Virginia, and his 37-year-old wife who was a passenger, were uninjured.  Police say both were wearing seat belts.

Police say Uyeda was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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This was the ninth traffic fatality on Maui County roads this year, compared to 15 at the same time last year, police said.

***Supporting information courtesy: Lt.  C. Uedoi, Traffic Section Commander

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