The victim was trying to cross Hana Highway near Dairy Road about an hour after sunset – around 7:15 p.m. that night. He was not in a marked crosswalk. He was struck by a blue 2014 Dodge van, traveling east on Hana Highway.
Dease was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical (life-threatening) condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Both the driver and his passenger in the van were unhurt.
By Jeff King
First Responders have been faced with dozens of serious incidents since Saturday on – and off – Maui, on Moloka’i…even off the Big Island.
Saturday night at 7:15 p.m., a 44 year-old man with no local address died after he was struck by a van while trying to cross Hana Highway near Dairy Road. He was not in a marked crosswalk when the van struck him. He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition where he later died.
The driver and a passenger in the van were not injured and were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. The pedestrian’s name is being withheld until he can be identified and family notified. This is Maui’s 18th fatal traffic accident this year compared with 17 at this time last year.
Earlier on Saturday afternoon Maui fire crews responded to two small fires in the Haiku area of East Maui. Paia firefighters first responded to a brush fire on Haiku Road at 12:56 p.m. They arrived at 1:09 to find a 125 ft. x 25 ft. area of cane grass burning between East Kuiaha and West Kuiaha Road. Makawao firefighters and a water tanker out of Kahului assisted in bringing it under control at 1:46 and called it extinguished at 2:07 p.m.
Fortunately, the brush was green from all the recent rains, so the fire was slow to spread. The fire’s cause was undetermined. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened.
At 2:14 p.m., as Paia firefighters were returning to their station, they noticed black smoke coming from the Hahana Road area and investigated. They arrived at 2:18 p.m. to find a 25 ft. x 50 ft. area of trash, grass and heavy logs burning on Hahana Road, about a quarter-mile makai of Hana Highway. The area that burned has been a known dumping ground for discarded household trash.
Cause of the second fire was also undetermined. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened. Tanker 10 from Kahului was called back to assist Paia firefighters on the Hahana Road fire.
But on Moloka’i – there were injuries and structural damage. Fire crews on Molokai responded to a single-story residential structure fire on Kamiloloa Place in Kaunakakai Saturday night. Firefighters got the call at 8:49 p.m. and upon arrival three minutes later, reported defensive fire conditions, indicating a structure fully engulfed in flames.
It was later discovered to be a detached garage at the front of the property. Three people were in the home to the rear of the property at the time of the fire. Two people were taken to Molokai General Hospital.
Crews from Kaunakakai, Hoolehua, and Pukoo responded to the fire and mop up operations.
Tragedy continued into Sunday. At 3:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon, firefighters were called to an unresponsive male pulled from the ocean at a South Maui beach in Wailea. Firefighters from Wailea arrived at Polo Beach at 3:53 p.m. and found Kea Lani Resort staff on the beach performing CPR on the male victim.
Monday morning this week, shortly before 8 a.m., Officer Chad Romero and Officer Eric Grundy investigated the theft of a John Deere backhoe valued at $57,000.00 from Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company property. The machine was stolen from a cane field near the Paia Mill and was equipped with a GPS tracking device.
At about 2 p.m. officers located the stolen backhoe on Puniawa Road in Haiku. Devin Fulcher, 28, of Haiku, was washing the machine when officers arrived and was arrested for Unauthorized Control of Propelled Vehicle. Fulcher was arrested and charged in the crime and was released on $1000.00 bail.
A Wailuku man has died after he was struck by a vehicle on Kaahumanu Avenue last night.
Maui Police say 48 year-old Terence John Moniz was crossing the busy street and was not in a marked crosswalk. The collision occurred at 8:21 p.m. as a Ford Edge MPVH, traveling east on Kaahumanu Avenue within the outer most lane, collided into a pedestrian who darted across into the roadway, headed in a northerly direction.
Moniz was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical (life-threatening) condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of the Ford MPVH, a 73 year-old year old male from Kihei, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.
The involvement of speed, drugs, and alcohol are still pending as the investigation is ongoing.
All day today, The Maui Police Department is conducting a Citizen’s Survey for the County of Maui. The Citizen’s Survey is available online via www.mauicounty.gov/mpdsurvey.
MPD encourages the public to participate in this survey to assist the Department in improving services to the community. Please email the Community Relations Section at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the survey.
The survey takes about 10 minutes and is completely anonymous.
It’s about as vague as it can get – but it had to be investigated. A telephone threat was received by dispatch at Maui Police Department. A specific airline and aircraft were apparently identified but MPD would not elaborate on the content of the threat, any possible motive or other details. The plane was scheduled to depart from Kahului Airport.
The plane, passengers, and luggage were screened as safe, according to the MPD report. The flight is scheduled to depart with delays.
Maui Police officers are investigating the motive for the call.
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