Two brush fires – possibly arson – were knocked down Thursday on Moloka’i by Maui County Fire Department crews from Kaunakakai, Ho’olehua, and Puko’o. Thursday morning at 10:09 a.m., units were dispatched to a brush fire at Kalamaula Mauka. Fire crews arrived on scene and discovered three separate fires in light flashy fuels burning at that location.
Two fires were burning at the corner of Likelike Avenue and Po’okela Street. These two fires merged in to one fire approximately a quarter acre in size. The third fire, also a quarter acre in size, was located about 50 yards to the West on Likelike Avenue. Both fires were quickly contained and extinguished. No damages or injuries were reported and no homes were threatened.
Fire cause has not been determined, but the fires may have been intentionally set. Police are investigating.
The Maui Police Department’s Vehicle Homicide Unit has arrested a 41 year old Wailuku man in connection with Tuesday night’s hit and run crash that killed 51 year-old Viki Deardorff.
The crash was reported at 11:13 p.m., Tuesday. The male was arrested at the Wailuku Police Station after turning himself in on Friday morning. He was arrested on one count of accidents involving injury or death. He was released pending further investigation. Police have not released his name.
The Vehicle Homicide Unit went to his residence where he said his truck would be. The truck was parked inside his closed garage. Vehicle Homicide Unit officers had previously been to his residence before he had turned himself in, however nobody answered the door.
Police processed the truck and seized the truck as evidence in this case. The truck recovered was a 2012 Toyota Tacoma, bronze in color. Earlier in the week, police had requested the public’s assistance in locating the truck that was involved in this crash. Police were looking for a 2012 – 2014 Toyota Tacoma, bronze or khaki in color.
Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in trying to locate the vehicle.
A Maui woman died from injuries after the moped she was riding was struck from behind at the entrance of Puamana Beach Park in Lahaina Monday afternoon. Police have released her identity.
MPD officers say 51 year-old Mary Fletcher was attempting a left turn into the Puamana parking lot when she was struck from behind by a Kihei man in a pickup truck. Though wearing her helmet, Ms. Fletcher was unable to survive her wounds. The accident happened at 3:44 p.m. Monday. Fletcher was traveling north along Honoapi’ilani Highway – as was the pickup truck. While waiting for traffic that would allow an opening to turn left, the 78 year-old pickup truck drive hit her 2011 Romeo moped. The man suffered only minor injuries – primarily from the deployment of the airbag in his 2006 Food truck.
As a result of the collision, Ms. Fletcher was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room with life threatening injuries. While at Maui Memorial Medical Center ER, Ms. Fletcher succumbed to her injuries and died. The operator of the Ford was treated and released at the scene for minor injuries. The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are still under investigation. Ms. Fletcher’s death was the fifth on Maui roadways over just the last 10 days. Hers was the eighth traffic fatality of the year – compared with four last year at this time
Maui Police have confirmed the identity if a man killed in a traffic accident Wednesday in Kihei. North Kihei Road; 1.9 miles South of Honoapiilani Highway(30); 0.8 miles South of mile post 1, Kihei, Maui, HI, was the scene. At 9:57 p.m., Wednesday night, a Suzuki motorcycle 2014 at about 9:57 p.m. hours, a single motor vehicle crash occurred on North Kihei Road near the Kealia Wildlife Reserve in Kihei.
Investigation reveals that 2005 Suzuki GSX-R750K motorcycle being operated by Burton SALAS (24), from Wailuku, was traveling North on North Kihei Road when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway crossed left of center and collided into a guardrail located on the west shoulder. As a result of this crash SALAS sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.
Initial reports indicate that Salas was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. This is Maui’s sixth Maui traffic fatality of 2014 – compared with five this time, last year. The of drugs, speed an alcohol remain part of the investigation.
By Jeff King
When “NFL” and “Hawai’i” are used in the same sentence, it is usually in reference to the Pro Bowl game…a “trophy dance” that allows fans to see a superstar gathering of their favorite pro football players. The game has been a staple in Hawai’i for more than 30 years. Now, for the second time in four years, the game will not be played here.
Hawaii lost its pitch to host the 2015 Pro Bowl to Arizona, site of next’s year’s Super Bowl, but the annual all-star game will return in 2016, the National Football League announced Wednesday.
The NFL said that the 2015 Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 25 at the University of Phoenix Stadium, and the following year’s Pro Bowl will be played Jan. 31, 2016, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, with an option to play the game here in 2017 as well.
“While we would have liked to have had the Pro Bowl in Hawaii in 2015, the return of the Pro Bowl in 2016 provides the state with an opportunity to showcase our islands unique culture and beauty,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement.
Stats provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority said that this year’s Pro Bowl drew more than 47,000 people and reached 11. 4 million viewers across the mostly-chilly mainland. The entire event is a “moving postcard” promoting Hawai’i. The game has been long on scenery but short on action as key players on opposing Super Bowl teams are as protected as can be to avoid injury before the “real” championship game.
The last time the Pro Bowl was played outside of Hawaii was in 2010, when Miami hosted the game.
Maui Police have released the identity of the young man who died after falling from a moving pickup truck Sunday in Kula. Monday morning this week, 23 year-old Jared Robello died from injuries sustained in the incident.
Sunday evening at 7:45 p.m., a motor vehicle collision occurred on Kula Highway (37), 1.7 miles south of Kealakapu Road. Investigation reveals that a white 1999 Toyota Tacoma pick-up, operated by a 23 year old male, was traveling north on Kula Highway, when Jared Robello, a 23 year-old male passenger climbed out of the cab of the truck through the rear sliding window and into the bed of the truck. Mr. Robello then fell out of the truck’s bed while the truck was moving.
Subsequently Robello sustained critical life threatening injuries and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
On Monday April 7th, Robello succumbed to his injuries and died while at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
This is Maui County’s fifth fatality compared to four the same time last year.
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