A Wailuku man died Tuesday in a bizarre series of collisions at Baldwin Beach Park. Maui Police say 46 year-old Harlan Masuda was found unresponsive in his vehicle after striking a series of objects in the park.
At 4:20 p.m., Tuesday, Maui Police responded to reports of a vehicle accident at the park. On arrival, police found a 2004 Dodge pickup truck that had impacted a coconut tree in the park. The lone occupant of the truck was non-responsive.
Paramedics and Maui Fire Department personnel attempted to revive the man but it didn’t work. Masuda was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses reported that the driver of the truck had initially collided into a parked vehicle then drove his truck into a cement barrier. The cement barrier broke off at which time the victim accelerated unto the soccer field and collided into the coconut tree.
Cause of death has not been determined pending autopsy results.
A traffic accident shortly before 5 a.m. today closed Hana Highway in both directions near Ulumalu Road (Mile Marker 15). Maui Police report the incident resulted in a sheared utility pole. Traffic has been restored as of 6:28 a.m. Maui Electric Crews arrived on scene about 40 minutes after the accident and have restored power to customers in Haiku, Peahi and surrounding areas.
Police have not released further details on the accident regarding cause or the extent of any injuries. The accident was first reported by WauiWatch followers on #wreckitwednesday.
Electrical service has been restored to a majority of customers in the Baldwin Ave., Paia area as of 8:02 a.m. MauiWatch spotters took a photo of a car that hit a power pole on Baldwin Avenue last night. No serious injuries were reported. The irony was that the car’s headlights illuminated the scene – while all homes in the area lost power for nine hours.
MECO apologizes for any inconvenience this situation may have caused and thanks customers for their patience and understanding. Power was knocked out after a car struck and toppled a utility pole on Baldwin Avenue near Pa’ia School around 11 p.m., Friday. There were no serious injuries.
That house on Maui’s north shore that caught fire two times in four days is still the topic of investigation and observation – not to mention speculation.
Damages to the structure fire at 590 Kailana place in Pakakaulo on Monday January 6th have been estimated at $120,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents.
The first first erupted Friday, driving all six of the home’s occupants out. The classification of this fire remains undetermined at this time. On current findings this fire appears most probable “accidental in nature”, according to police and fire investigators.
A Kihei teen is in critical condition this morning after a near-fatal collision with a pickup truck on Pi’ilani Highway Friday night. The accident closed the highway between Ohukai and Kulanihakoi Roads from 7:39 until 10:51 p.m. Initial reports were – thankfully – inaccurate that there had been a fatality.
The accident happened at 7:15 p.m. when a northbound 2005 Chevrolet, driven by a 48 year-old Kihei man, attempted a left turn from the highway onto Kaonoulu Street. Apparently the driver did not see the approaching 2008 Suzuki blue motorcycle, operated by an 18 year-old man from Kihei. The truck turned into the path of the southbound motorcycle, causing a “T-bone” crash with the direct impact bearing down on the teen. He suffered life-threatening injuries after striking the passenger side of the car.
Air bags deployed in the car but the lone occupant was apparently not injured. The motorcycle operator was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol have not yet been determined as factors in the crash.
By Sgt. William, Hankins, MPD
A pedestrian was killed in Lahaina late last night when a pickup truck veered off the roadway and into the bike lane. Maui police sat that – at 11:54 p.m., a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup drifted southward from Honoapi’ilani Highway into the bike lane near Mile Marker 22 at Hunau Street in Lahaina. The pedestrian sustained traumatic injuries and died at the scene. Airbags did not deploy and the pickup driver was unhurt. Honoapi’ilani High was closed in both directions until shortly after 4 a.m. today.
The victim’s identity is being withheld until family notification is complete. This is the 16th traffic fatality of 2013 – compared with 23 at this time last year. The Police are continuing their investigation.
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