Traffic fatality: Pedestrian dies, struck by vehicle on Honoapiʻilani Highway in Olowalu
Update: 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Maui police have since identified the victim of a fatal motor vehicle collision as 42-year-old Nicole De Rego. Police say the woman was known to frequent the Lahaina area. The department extended condolences to the woman’s family and friends.
A 42-year-old woman died after being struck by a vehicle while she was crossing the Honoapiʻilani Highway in Olowalu Monday night.
The incident was reported at around 7:40 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2023, on the Honoapiʻilani Highway (30) in the area of Mile 13.9 in Olowalu.
Preliminary investigation reveals that the female pedestrian was walking southwest across Honoapiʻilani Highway, outside of a marked crosswalk, when a silver 2005 Toyota Tacoma, traveling southeast on Honoapiʻilani Highway, collided into the pedestrian, police said.
As a result of this collision, the pedestrian, known to frequent the Lahaina area, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s identity is currently being withheld pending next of kin notification.
A 66-year-old man driving the Toyota and a 65-year-old woman who was a passenger, both from Lahaina, did not report any injuries.
Police say the investigation reveals that:
- The pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk when she was struck.
- The operator and passenger of the Toyota were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.
- The airbags did not deploy in the vehicle.
Based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation, MPD Traffic Division investigators say they do not suspect that speed, alcohol, or drugs were contributing factors to this crash.
This was Maui County’s second traffic fatality of 2023, compared to eight at the same time last year.