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Motorcyclists killed in Maalaea crash identified

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:31 a.m. HST, Mar 19, 2012

KAHULUI » Maui police identified two motorcyclists who died in Maalaea Sunday as Abel Ventura Jr. and Marlene Debnam, both of Wailuku. 

Both Ventura, 58, and Debnam, 56, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene at about 5:13 p.m. 

Police said they were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Ventura and Debnam were participating in a St. Patrick Day motorcycle rally with more than 50 other motorcyclists Sunday afternoon. 

Ventura was operating a red 1988 Harley Davidson traveling south on Honoapiilani Highway when the motorcycle crossed the double solid yellow line and collided into a grey 1988 Toyota pick-up traveling north on the highway, police said. 

Police said the motorcycle then collided with a red 2007 Toyota pick-up truck. 

Meanwhile, the grey Toyota veered into the southbound lane of North Kihei Road after being struck by the motorcycle. To avoid a crash, a 46-year-old man traveling south in a maroon 2010 Harley Davison braked and skidded and was struck from behind by a black 1975 Harley.

Police said the 46-year-old motorcyclist suffered lacerations to his left elbow and calf and was treated and released at the Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Police said there other motorcycles struck the grey Toyota in the southbound lane, One of the motorcycles was a black 2004 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Debnam and a black 1988 Harley operated by a 56-year-old woman. 

The 56-year-old woman suffered a fractured left arm and injuries to her left knee. She went to Maui Memorial Medical Center,  where she was treated and released. 

Wendy Osher  also contributed to this story.

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HuliOpu wrote:
As sad and tragic as this is, I am not surprised. Near the beginning of this 100 rider "club ride", I witnessed the group in Kahului turning from Kaahumanu Ave onto Kahului beach road. The whole of this group was driving recklessly with 3 abreast in a single lane, driving on the shoulder, talking to each other while riding and greatly exceeding the speed limit. There were riders zig-zagging between riders and riders tailgating automobile drivers intimidating them out of the way. These riders were mostly on loud Harleys and seemed more concerned with acting the sterotypical "biker" role than driving responsibly and safely.
on March 19,2012 | 09:40AM
sixthsense wrote:
We try so hard to keep our kids on the right track and this is what some adults do! This is so sad. What started as a beautiful day turned into such an ugly one. If only these riders had shown more responsibility, they'd still be here for their next ride. My daughter rides a bike and here in Honolulu, the drivers are psycho! With our heavy traffic, they often tailgate and intimidate her. Mind you, the terrible language that goes with it, due to being a "female" biker. I worry, but I worry more for the psycho driver, if they EVER create such an atrocity! I am a "mother bear"!
on March 19,2012 | 11:47AM
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