Maui County, HI

12/09/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/09/2023 05:07

Near Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

On Friday, December 8, 2023, at approximately 4:11 p.m., a motor vehicle collision occurred on Honoapiilani Highway (30), .7 miles north of Kai Malina Parkway in Lahaina.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a red and black 2002 Honda CRF450R off-road motorcycle, operated by a 35-year-old Lahaina male, was traveling south on Honoapiilanii Highway when it collided into the rear of a red and black 2004 Honda CRF250X off-road motorcycle; which was being operated by a 14-year-old Lahaina male.

As a result of this collision, both motorcycle operators were ejected onto the roadway, causing the 35-year-old operator to slide forward and under the rear of a white 2021 Nissan Rogue SUV, which was stopped at a red traffic light facing south. The male suffered critical life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment. The 14-year-old was treated and released on the scene by medic personnel. The operator of the Rogue, a 62-year-old female from Oregon, was not injured.

Investigation reveals that at the time of the collision:

The 35-year-old motorcycle operator was not wearing a helmet.

The 14-year-old motorcycle operator was wearing a helmet.

The operator of the Rogue was wearing a seatbelt. The vehicle's airbags did not deploy.

The involvement of speed, drugs, and alcohol is pending as the investigation is still ongoing.