UPDATE: Wailuku Man Dies in Kea Street Motorcycle Accident

January 25, 2016, 1:20 PM HST · Updated January 25, 6:19 PM
Wendy Osher · 12 Comments
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UPDATE: 6:06 p.m. 1/25/16

A Wailuku man suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident reported shortly before noon on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Kahului.  The incident was reported at approximately 11:53 a.m. on Kea Street, at the intersection of Kaiemi Street.  Maui police say the crash occurred as a blue 2013 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle traveling west on Kea Street, failed to negotiate a left bend in the roadway.

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    Maui police say the operator laid the motorcycle down and collided into a rock wall on the north side of the roadway. According to police reports, the operator subsequently sustained critical life threatening injuries resulting from the crash. The victim was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room where he later succumbed to his injuries.

    The operator of the motorcycle has since been identified, following the notification of next of kin as Martin Mortensen, 40, of Wailuku.

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    A preliminary police investigation revealed the operator was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash.  The involvement of speed, drugs, and alcohol are still pending as the investigation is ongoing.

    This was Maui County’s third traffic fatality for 2016, compared to no fatalities at the same time last year.

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    UPDATE: 2:05 p.m. 1/25/16: Maui police have since re-opened Kea Street in Kahului following a motorcycle accident at the Kaiemi Street intersection.

    Original post: A portion of Kea Street in Kahului is closed following a motorcycle accident on Kea Street at the Kaiemi Street intersection reported shortly before noon on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Maui police closed Kea Street at both ends of Kaao Circle following the accident. The road remained closed at 1 p.m. while police continued an investigation on scene.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

    Kea Street accident, Jan. 25, 2016. Photo by Wendy Osher.

     

    Wendy Osher
    Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served nearly 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.

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