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Bicyclist Fatally Injured in Piʻilani Crash

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Bicycle fatality. Graphic by Wendy Osher/ Maui Now.

Bicycle fatality. Maui Now graphic.

By Wendy Osher

A Maui bicyclist suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a pickup truck along the Piʻilani Highway in South Maui Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Maui police have since identified the bicyclist as 61-year-old Karl Hagen of Kīhei.

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The incident was reported at around 1:12 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, around mile marker 8 of the Piʻilani Highway, about 0.7 miles north of Kanani Road.

According to police reports, Hagen was traveling north in the bike lane of the highway when he was struck by a black 1992 Ford Ranger pickup truck that was being operated by a 28-year-old Kula man.

Police say a preliminary report reveals the pickup truck, which was also traveling in the north-bound direction, drifted into the bicycle lane and struck the bicyclist.

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As a result of the collision, police say Hagen was transported to the emergency room at the Maui Memorial Medical Center where he later died as a result of the crash.

Police say the bicyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The incident was the seventh traffic fatality on Maui County roads this year compared to four at the same time last year.

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Police say the involvement of speed, drugs, and alcohol has not been determined as the investigation is still pending.

 

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