There were two serious vehicle accidents on Maui Monday. A motorcycle crashed on South Kihei Road Monday night. The rider’s condition is unknown – but the accident was not fatal.
But at almost the same time, a serious accident in Pukalani resulted in the death of 19 year-old Jose Vasquez, Junior, a Pukalani resident. According the MPD report, at about 7:28 p.m. Monday, a Ford multi-purpose vehicle was heading mauka on Old Haleakala Highway. Near the intersection of Aeloa Road, Vasquez (the driver) apparently lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the center median and rolled over.
Vasquez was not wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A front seat passenger, a 22 year-old Pukalani man, suffered only minor injuries. The passenger was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Speed is considered to be a contributing factor in the crash. The involvement of drugs or alcohol will be determined following an autopsy.
This is the first fatal motor vehicle accident on Maui this year – compared with two at this time in 2014.