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Makawao Motorcyclist Critically Injured in Kula Crash

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A motorcyclist from Makawao suffered critical, life-threatening injuries in a crash on the Haleakalā Highway in Kula on Sunday afternoon.

The incident was reported at around 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 on Haleakalā Highway, approximately six miles southeast of Aolewa Place at Mile 7 in Kula.

A preliminary police investigation reveals the collision occurred when a 2002 Subaru Outback was traveling southeast on Haleakalā Highway when it attempted a u-turn.

Police say that as the Subaru was turning around on the northwest shoulder of the roadway and back onto Haleakalā Highway toward Kula, it was struck by a 2017 Suzuki motorcycle traveling southeast on Haleakalā Highway.

The operator of the Subaru, a 60-year-old Kula man, was not injured. Police say it is unknown if he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision.


The operator of the Suzuki motorcycle, a 41-year-old Makawao man, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash.


The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol has not been determined as the investigation is still on-going.

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