Maui Police have released the identity of the young man who died after falling from a moving pickup truck Sunday in Kula. Monday morning this week, 23 year-old Jared Robello died from injuries sustained in the incident.
Sunday evening at 7:45 p.m., a motor vehicle collision occurred on Kula Highway (37), 1.7 miles south of Kealakapu Road. Investigation reveals that a white 1999 Toyota Tacoma pick-up, operated by a 23 year old male, was traveling north on Kula Highway, when Jared Robello, a 23 year-old male passenger climbed out of the cab of the truck through the rear sliding window and into the bed of the truck. Mr. Robello then fell out of the truck’s bed while the truck was moving.
Subsequently Robello sustained critical life threatening injuries and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
On Monday April 7th, Robello succumbed to his injuries and died while at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
This is Maui County’s fifth fatality compared to four the same time last year.
Shortly before noon, today (11:45 a.m. to be precise), Maui Police detectives say a 26 year-old Pukalani man apparently decided to take a hand grenade and 12-inch mortar round in his vehicle and drive it to the Wailuku Police Station for disposal.
Along the way, he felt that it was unsafe to continue driving with the potentially volatile explosives in his vehicle and parked within the Maui Mall where he called for police assistance. Wailuku Patrol Officers arrived on scene and located the vehicle parked in a stall near Kamehameha Avenue. Officers closed the road along Kamehameha Avenue between Alamaha Street and Ho’ohana Street.
Officers also secured a 600-foot perimeter which included the closing of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Licensing, a portion of the Maui Mall parking lot, and part of the Safeway parking lot. The U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) was notified and responded at approximately 6:45 p.m. for proper disposal. As of 11 p.m. tonight, the situation remains “active,” and the are no updates to the traffic situation.
County Communications Director Rod Antone stated, “Remember should you encounter any suspected unexploded ordinance do not attempt to remove or transport the item and contact the Maui Police Department for assistance.”
Maui Police have closed off the parking lot of the Maui County Service Center because of suspected explosive devices discovered in one of the vehicles in the lot today. The alert was first reported around 1 p.m. Maui Police immediately closed East Kamehameha Avenue between Hobron Avenue and Alamaha Street after the suspicious , potentially deadly unexploded ordinance was discovered.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist are responding – The Department of Motor Vehicles and the back parking lot of the Maui Mall has been closed. This means that all County employees working in the service center have been told to evacuate as well as members of the public that were there for service center business.
The devices were said to be a mortar round and a grenade. Maui police have contacted the U.S. Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit to secure the suspected explosives. That team had not arrived by 4:30 p.m., so no change in traffic status is expected anytime soon.
Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said that Maui police will be releasing more information later today about the circumstances regarding the devices and how they came to be in the Maui Mall parking lot.
By Audra Sellers, Maui Police Department
Phone “scams” are possibly as old as the invention of the telephone. As long as there have been “confidence men” – now more generically known as con artists – there have been creative plots to separate you from your money. Currently in Maui County the two known and most prevalent telephone scams are: Scammers pretending to be family members requesting money, and the Publisher Clearing House Scam where the scammers are falsely utilizing the Publisher Clearing House name, requesting payment to claim the “big prize.”
Each year millions of dollars are lost to telephone scams. Don’t become a victim, protect your personal information, know who you are talking to and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. With the increase of information on the internet, Scammers can obtain personal information from family blogs, genealogy and social networking sites and may be very convincing or “pushy”.
When using the telephone never provide bank accounts, pin numbers or Social Security numbers. If you are called and asked to verify information about your credit cards; if the caller claims to be a bank representative, hang up and call your bank directly using a valid number from a telephone book or the bank’s web site. If you get a call saying you’re a winner, don’t pay money to collect supposed sweepstakes winnings. Legitimate operations won’t require you to pay to collect your winnings.
Never wire money to anyone with whom you are not familiar. Check any unfamiliar area codes before returning calls and be aware that there are many 3-digit area codes that connect callers to international telephone numbers. If you get an emergency medical call regarding a loved one in an accident, and money needs to be provided for medical treatment, verify the information and location of the accident. Notify the police and request information. Typically in an accident, emergency medical treatment is not contingent on immediate payment.
Department of Water Supply workers will be working overnight this week to repair a waterline along Pu’unene Avanue in Kahului.
Traffic on Pu’unene Avenue at the intersection with Kamehameha Avenue will be reduced to one-lane heading south (towards Kihei) this Tuesday night, April 8, while Department of Water Supply personnel repair a leaking waterline.
The project is scheduled from 9 p.m. Tuesday night to 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and follow signage. Water service will not be affected and customers are requested to call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) only if a water emergency occurs.
The National Weather Service has ISSUED a WIND ADVISORY for LANAI in effect until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.
A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph or gusts of at least 50 mph are expected.
EFFECTS: Strong northeast trade winds due to high pressure filling in over the state will produce advisory level winds on Lanai. Expect northeast winds of 25 to 35 MPH with localized gusts over 50 MPH through early Tuesday morning.
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: WINDS THIS STRONG CAN BRING DOWN TREE BRANCHES AND MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. MOTORISTS SHOULD USE EXTRA CAUTION.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather Broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather Internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl .
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
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