A Seattle died Friday in a suspected drowning off the south Maui coast. Maui Police say 82 year-old Walter Sinsheimer was found floating and unresponsive near the shore at Polo Beach in Wailea.
Sinsheimer was brought ashore and bystanders commenced cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man until paramedics arrived. First responders took over the effort but were unsuccessful in reviving the man. Sinsheimer was pronounced dead at the scene.
While drowning appears to be the cause of death, an official ruling will not be made until an autopsy has been completed.
A Lahaina woman is clinging to life tonight after being struck by a car while crossing a West Maui street this afternoon. According to a Maui Police report, the 61 year-old victim was in a marked crosswalk when – at 4:41 p.m. – she was struck by a Toyota sedan at the intersection of Hanawai and Napilihau Streets in Lahaina.
While making a left turn from Napilihau to Hanawai, the 2010 Toyota sedan failed to yield to the pedestrian who was crossing mauka. The woman sustained critical, life-threatening injuries. She was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center’s Emergency Room. The 58 year-old driver of the Toyota was uninjured. The driver was wearing her seatbelt. Her airbags did not deploy. The investigation has not yet determined whether speed, alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.
A Makawao man died this morning from injuries sustained when the moped he was riding November 30th was hit by a truck on Olinda Road in Upcountry Maui. Thirty-six year-old Alika Kapuaala of Makawao has been in critical condition since the early-morning accident, and was pronounced dead this morning at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Read the details of the crash here. The driver of the Toyota pickup truck that struck Kapuaala was not injured. This is Maui’s 21st traffic fatality of 2014, compared with 15 at this time last year.
The Maui Marathon got off to an odd start this morning when an intoxicated man drove his car through a crowd of participants. Maui Police say 22 year-old Rustyn Pajimola-Aiu of Kahului was driving a 2014 Acura four-door sedan in the parking lot of Queen Kaahuman Center about five minutes after the scheduled start of the marathon and half-marathon.
Attempting to leave the lot at the Onehee /Wakea Road exit, he encountered a large crowd of people. That didn’t stop him and Pajimola-Aiu’s car struck a 53 year-old man from Kahului. Though dragged about 30 feet, the man only sustained minor injuries. He was treated by paramedics and released at the scene. That man was not a race participant.
Pajimola-Aiu was charged with Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant and was also arrested on an outstanding bench warrant. His bail was set at $1,200.
A Honolulu man is an apparent drowning victim after his body was found floating in the ocean off the coast of Lana’i Late Saturday night. As of this morning, the cause of death of 42 year-old Frank Pablo is still categorized as undetermined until autopsy results are released.
Maui Police received a call at 10:12 p.m. Saturday after reports of a man’s body floating in the ocean in the bay off the Lapaiki Trail on Lana’i. Pablo and a friend had been diving the area when the friend discovered Pablo unresponsive. He was taken to shore where cardiopulmonary resuscitation was begun. First responders continued CPR on arrival, then transported Pablo up the trail.
Pablo was transported to Lana’i Community Hospital where, despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead.
Maui Police say that, at 12:53 p.m., a 2005 Buick with four people inside was traveling south along Upper Pi’ilani Highway just south of Upper Kanaio Road when the 18 year-old drive apparently left the roadway. Over correcting, the car returned to the road but lost control. the car crossed the road, impacting the mauka rock cliff. The driver was medevaced to Maui Memorial Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The three male passengers, ages 26, 20 and 16, were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The passengers were reportedly all from Keanae.
Police were unable to determine whether seat belts were used. Also, speed, alcohol and drugs have not yet been determined as factors in the crash. Their investigation continues – classified as a near-fatal crash.
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