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Ho‘okipa Sunbather Dies After Being Run Over by Truck

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Hookipa. Photo by Wendy Osher.

A motor vehicle collision occurred near the lower parking lot of Ho‘okipa Beach Park on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at approximately 5:04 p.m.

The collision occurred as a silver 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck climbed over a small grass hill adjacent to the lower parking lot and drove over a female sunbathing near the top of the hill.

The female sunbather sustained critical life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room. She later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

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The operator of the Toyota pickup truck, a 20-year-old male from Hali’imaile, did not sustain any injuries.

The female sunbather has since been identified as 49-year-old Pascale Lelan of Pa‘ia.

The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol has yet to be determined as the investigation is ongoing.

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This is Maui County’s 15th traffic fatality for 2018 as compared to 12 the same time last year.

 

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