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Ex-city building superintendent killed, wife hurt in Pali crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:30 p.m. HST, Jan 10, 2013

A one-time former building superintendent for the city was killed and his wife badly injured during a crash on Pali Highway this morning.

Herbert Muraoka, 83, died when the Toyota Matrix he was driving apparently crashed into a flatbed tow truck near the Honolulu side of the Pali Tunnel about 9:20 a.m. and ended up on a berm on the Kailua-bound shoulder.

Police said they believe both vehicles were heading Honolulu-bound and that the truck had gone into the median as it was attempting to make a U-turn to get back onto the Kailua-bound lanes. The truck's rear was protruding into the left town-bound lane when the Matrix crashed into it, police said.

An 83-year-old woman, believed to be Muraoka's wife, was at the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition, police said.

The truck is owned by Windward Side Recovery and Trucking.

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