A Kahului man is clinging to life this afternoon after a crash today in Kahului.
Maui Police say the crash happened at 12:32 p.m. today when a black moped executed a left turn from 349 Hanakai Street. MPD investigators say the man failed to yield and was struck by a 2008 Toyota Tacoma traveling south on Hanakai Street.
As a result of the crash, the 56 year-old moped operator suffered critical, life-threatening injuries. He was transported to the Emergencu Room of Maui Memorial Medical Center. The 25 year-old driver of the pickup truck, also from Kahului, was alone – and did not sustain any injuries.
The moped rider was not wearing a helmet. The Toyota driver was wearing a seatbelt. Police say there is – so far – no indication of the involvement of drugs and/or alcohol. They have ruled out speed as a factor in the crash.
UPDATE: The accident scene has been cleared and the road reopened as of 2:36 p.m. today.
Alamaha Road is closed in Kahului due to a traffic accident. Emergency units are on scene. The accident was first reported around 12:30 p.m. today, involving a vehicle and a moped.
Traffic is closed in both directions of Alamaha Street between Hanakai Street and Papa Place.
WAILUKU – Due to a manpower shortage, the Kahului area residential refuse collection route was not picked up today.
AFFECTED AREAS IN KAHULUI ARE:
The missed pickup is expected to be made on Saturday, March 28.
The Department apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management reported that a wastewater overflow of approximately 100,000 gallons occurred early today in Kahului, and was stopped by 7:45 a.m.
After questions arose about how a suspected murderer could be released just nine weeks before allegedly killing again, Maui Police have released a few more details in the earlier case.
A report, issued late last night by Lt. William J. Juan of the MPD reads:
“On 01/02/15, the victim, Gail OTSUKA, was found alone in the residence. Detectives interviewed individuals that lead them to Keoni V. TOMAS. TOMAS was brought to the station for questioning, however, he asked for a lawyer. Detectives noticed cuts on his hands at which time he was arrested for Murder II.
“After conferring with the Prosecutor’s Office it was determined that TOMAS was to be released pending further investigation. Evidence recovered from the scene was sent to Oahu for DNA analysis. The results of the DNA analysis is still pending. The investigation into this case is still ongoing.”
Tomas was arrested again yesterday after police found evidence connecting him to the murder of his mother, 43 year-old Kimberly Vinuya. Read the details of that arrest here.
By Jeff King
As Maui Police expand their investigation into the apparent murder of a Kahului woman early Monday, the suspect they have in custody may also have ties to an apparent murder earlier this year.
Today at 12:15 p.m., 25 year-old Keoni Vinuya Tomas of Kahului was formally charged for the offense of murder in the second degree. The victim is the suspect’s mother, 43 year-old Kimberly Vinuya. Her lifeless body was discovered early Monday when police responded to a suspected abuse call. She had been stabbed to death. Tomas – found elsewhere in the home – reportedly had evidence potentially linking him to the crime.
Turns out the suspect is also under investigation in the January 2 death of 61 year-old Gail Otsuka. That suspicious death in Kahului has led Police to investigate the potential involvement in both murders by the suspect, Keoni Vinuya Tomas. That woman’s body was found in a burning house under circumstances police termed as suspicious. Tomas was released after his arrest that day while police began their investigation.
Bail for Tomas has been set at $1,000,000.
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