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Kula Man Dies in New Year Accident on Pūlehu Road

January 1, 2019, 3:57 PM HST
* Updated January 2, 6:33 AM
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A Maui man suffered fatal injuries in a motor vehicle collision on New Years Day.

The accident was reported at 6:18 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 on Pūlehu Road just south of Ōmaʻopio Road.

Police have since identified the victim as 20-year-old Mau Loa Pacheco, of Kula.

According to department reports, Pacheco was operating a 2004 Honda CRV and was attempting to negotiate a right curve in the road when the vehicle lost control, struck a dirt embankment on the opposing shoulder and rolled into a large metal utility pole.

The man was partially ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to police reports.

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The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

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This was Maui County’s first traffic fatality for 2019, compared to none the same time last year.

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