At least seven major traffic accidents kept first reponders busy this weekend on Maui. The most tragic of the incidents resulted in the death of an infant in one accident and the death of an eldedrly woman in another.
That accident happened Friday afternoon at 4:52 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars property on Uluniu Road in Kihei. Maui police say a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was backing up when it struck a one year-old boy, injuring him critically. The boy died a short time later at Maui Memorial Medical Center. The 30 year-old pickup driver – from Pukalani – was not injured. The toddler’s death is the 12th traffic fatality of 2015 – compared with 14 at this time last year. The involvement of speed, alcohol and drugs remain under investigation.
Another crash over the weekend happened inside the parking lot of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center located at 665 Kahului Beach Road in Kahului. The crash happened shortly after noon Saturday when a white 1999 Mitsubishi Galant four door sedan, began backing in the southern direction, out of a marked parking stall. The driver’s side door of the Galant struck a female pedestrian who was standing near the vehicle and was knocked to the ground. The Galant then continued in the southern direction and collided into the left side of the silver 2006 Honda Element multi purpose vehicle that was stopped behind the Galant. Both vehicles suffered minor damages.
The victim, 87 years of age from Haiku, suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to the Emergency Room at MMMC in critical condition. The Juvenile male operator of the Galant, 11 years of age from Wailuku, and the female operator of the Element, 74 years of age from Paia, did not report any injuries. Circumstances surrounding the youthful driver’s reason for being there have not been explained. KHON-2 reported on Sunday that the 87 year-old woman died from her injuries.
UPDATE: Maui Police have identified the woman who was struck by a car driven by an 11 year-old boy. She is 87 year-old Sueno Saito of Haiku. According to the lastest report, the deceased and the 11 year-old boy are related.
The involvement of speed, alcohol and drug impairment do not appear to be factors in this crash however, they remain under investigation.
There were two incidents this weekend where pedestrians were injured by vehicles as well as a bicycle crash on Crater Road in Kula.