Two visitors from China have died after a crash while driving down from the summit of Haleakala. Maui Police say the crash happened this afternoon at 12:24 p.m. A 2014 Nissan sedan left the road while traveling down Crater Road and missing a left curve. The driver, a 72 year-old man from the People’s Republic of China, was killed when the car slammed into a boulder on the right shoulder of the road.
Three other people were also in the car. A male passenger died later this afternoon at Maui Memorial Medical Center. Two other passengers are also being treated at MMMC. One of the back seat passengers has been treated and released.
All five were on vacation on Maui. Identification of the deceased is pending notification of next of kin in China.
Both of the men who died – in the front seat – were wearing seat belts. The airbags deployed on impact. None of the back seat passengers were buckled up. The involvement of speed, drugs, and alcohol has not been determined as the investigation is still ongoing.