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Mobile device use, speed suspected in fatal Kihei crash

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:17 p.m. HST, May 12, 2014

The use of a mobile electronic device and speeding are suspected in a crash that killed a 25-year-old man in Kihei early Monday morning.

Maui County police said the driver of a 2004 Nissan lost control of his vehicle on Piilani Highway near Liopa Street, crossed the center line and rolled over on the shoulder of the highway at about 3 a.m.

The driver, identified as Terrance Kyle Morgan of Kihei, died at the scene.

A 21-year-old Kihei man who was a passenger in the Nissan, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Police said Morgan was not wearing a seatbelt and the vehicle's airbags deployed during the crash. His passenger was wearing a seatbelt.

Police are still investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

The death is Maui's 12th traffic fatality this year, compared to eight at the same time last year.

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Morimoto wrote:
Using a mobile device, speeding, not wearing a seat belt, possible intoxication. Was this guy trying to commit suicide? At least no innocent person was hurt. Assuming he didn't have any kids, I nominate him for this year's Darwin Award, at least in the top five by the end of the year. Good riddance loser, no one will miss you.
on May 12,2014 | 12:52PM
control wrote:
I second the nomination.
on May 12,2014 | 01:46PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Came to post the same. At least he didn't take anyone with him.
on May 12,2014 | 02:34PM
bluespop wrote:
Well said, Morimoto. Totally agree.
on May 12,2014 | 02:54PM
entrkn wrote:
Thankfully, he didn't hit anyone else. It is really scary to drive by someone texting while driving.
on May 12,2014 | 02:01PM
kahu808 wrote:
Wore seatbelt, lived. Didn't wear seatbelt, dead.
on May 12,2014 | 02:34PM
Jonas wrote:
Sue Nissan and the cell phone company! They should have clear warnings telling him that he shouldn't use a phone while driving! I'm getting good at this lawsuit thing. I just have to remember that nothing is ever anyone's fault! It's all evil governments and corporations that are to blame!
on May 12,2014 | 04:11PM
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