Tragedy has touched all parts of the island in the past two days. Two fatal car crashes and an apparent drowning resulted in three deaths.
In the first reported accident, at 9:26 p.m. Sunday, a collision occurred on Baldwin Avenue west of Ike Drive in Paia. Investigation reveals a 30 year-old male from Paia, identified as Kawika Kahakauwila, was operating a black 1996 Toyota Tacoma pick-up. Investigation further reveals that Mr. Kahakauwila was traveling west on Baldwin Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway and collided into a tree. As a result of this crash, Kahakauwila sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigation reveals that seatbelts were not utilized, and the vehicle airbags did not deploy. The involvement of speed is suspected as a factor in this crash. Drugs and alcohol have not been determined as the investigation is still pending.
This was Maui County’s 11th traffic fatality of the year.
Then early today – around 3 a.m. – a crash happened on Piilani Highway south of Lipoa Street in Kihei. Preliminary investigation reveals a 2004 Nissan was being operated by Terrance Kyle Morgan, 25, of Kihei. Also in the vehicle was a 21 year-old male passenger from Kihei.
Maui Police report that the Nissan was traveling northbound on Piilani Highway, between Welakahao Road and Lipoa Street. The vehicle operator lost control, crossed left of center and ran off the western shoulder of the roadway before rolling over. As a result of the collision the driver, Terrance Kyle Morgan, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. The twenty-one year old male passenger sustained minor injuries and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center via ambulance.
Both driver and passenger side airbags were deployed as a result of this crash. Preliminary investigation reveals that the operator was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The passenger was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The involvement of speed and driving while using a mobile electronic device is suspected as a factor in this crash. Drugs and alcohol have not been determined as the investigation is still pending.
This is Maui County’s 12th traffic fatality of the year compared to eight the same time as last year.
Those night-time crashes followed an apparent drowning Sunday. Shortly after noon yesterday, 55 year-old Ronald Sauber from Wichita, Kansas; was found floating face down in the water off of “Black Rock” in Kaanapali in West Maui. First responders attempted life saving measures on Sauber, however, he expired at the scene.
The official cause of Sauber’s death has not been determined pending autopsy results.