By Jeff King
Maui Police say the man driving the car that crashed, resulting in the death of a young Kihei woman, have determined alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. It happened on the Lahaina Bypass road near mile marker 2.1 shortly before 1 a.m. yesterday.
The passenger in a 2009 Toyota has been identified as 23 year-old Taryn Kiyota of Kihei. She was killed when, at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday, the car she was a passenger in slammed into a guardrail. The 24 year-old man driving the car was uninjured. Police arrested the man on a charge of manslaughter. He was subsequently released while Police complete their investigation and forward the case to the Maui County prosecutor’s office for action.
According to the Maui Police Department report by Sgt. William Hankins of the Cehicular Homicide Unit, the car was travelling southbound on the Lahaina Bypass road when he apparently lost control of the car. The Toyota travelled off the roadway on the makai grassy shoulder while continuing to spin. Still out of control, the Toyota slid back onto the roadway before impacting the guardrail. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Kiyota was wearing her seat belt. The driver was not. The vehicle airbags did deploy.
The involvement of drugs will be determined by lab tests.
Taryn Kiyota is the 18th person to die on Maui roads this year, compared with 11 at this time in 2013.