By Jeff King
A Haiku man died at the scene of a fiery crash in central Maui late last night. Maui Police say 29 year-old Jordan Costa was riding a 2007 Honda motorcycle northbound on Kuihelani Highway when he impacted the rear of a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by a 54 year-old man from Kahului.
After the impact between the motorcycle and pickup truck, the motorcycle skidded off the roadway into the brush on the eastern shoulder of Kuihelani Highway and caught fire. The motorcycle operator, Jordan Costa, died at the scene. The man driving the pickup truck did not sustain any injuries as a result of this crash.
The accident happened at 10:45 p.m. about a half-mile north of Maui Lani Parkway. Costa was wearing his helmet at the time of this crash. The operator of the truck was utilizing his seatbelt and the airbags to the vehicle did not deploy.
The involvement of speed is suspected as a factor in this crash. The involvement of drugs and alcohol has not been determined as the investigation is still pending.
This is Maui County’s 15th traffic fatality this year, as compared to 10 at the same time last year.