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Maui pedestrian dies after run over by pickup truck

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:46 p.m. HST, Dec 24, 2013

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Maui when a pickup truck being driven by a Wailuku man drifted into the bicycle lane on a Lahaina highway.

Maui County police said the accident occurred at about 11:54 p.m. Monday on Honoapiilani Highway south of Hinau Street. The driver of the pickup truck, 32, was traveling south on Honoapiilani Highway when he hit the pedestrian, police said.

The identity of the pedestrian is being withheld pending notification of family. A full investigation into the cause of the accident is pending.

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paniolo wrote:
Another tragic accident happening during the holidays.
on December 24,2013 | 08:18AM
eoe wrote:
We need to start holding people accountable - these are not accidents. Not paying attention, texting, fiddling with radio - all preventable behaviors. Maybe as a cyclist I am overly sensitive, but it seems like you can just kill people and then say "oops, it was an accident." Seriously - I bet if you made the mandatory minimum sentence for killing a pedestrian 15 years "accidents" would drop in half.
on December 24,2013 | 08:42AM
You would be wrong.
on December 24,2013 | 12:10PM
Nevadan wrote:
I like your idea of a mandatory minimum sentence,
on December 25,2013 | 06:02AM
downtown wrote:
Another reason for separating bike lanes from traffic lanes. Those lines on the road don't provide a measure of safety to anyone. Most of the "bike lanes" I've seen are so narrow that it's barely larger than the width of a bicycle and rider. And, it many cases, there are either parked cars next to the bike lane or an active vehicle lane on the other side of a bike lane, meaning that cars cross through bike lanes with impunity or bicyclists crash into suddenly opening car doors. If it weren't such a serious and deadly issue, it would be a hilarious example of bad design. A pedestrian was hit in a bike lane probably because there is no sidewalk (I'm guessing). In any case, pedestrians and cyclists are terribly vulnerable, and painted lines on busy roadways is no assurance of anything.
on December 24,2013 | 09:07AM
serious wrote:
Look at the time!!! Almost midnight--also, I might be mistaken, but, at least along the Ali Wai, if there is a bike lane you must use it rather than the sidewalk. A tall red flag would help not only the bikers but the wheelchairs that cross--so low you can't see them!!!
on December 24,2013 | 09:30AM
I cant believe nobody has asked the question of why a pedestrian was in the bike lane to begin with. Funny, how we rant and rave about drivers, but seldom do nothing to put any blame on the pedestrians. Just saying.
on December 24,2013 | 12:11PM
hikine wrote:
The other question is why was the p/u truck doing in the bike lane?
on December 25,2013 | 02:01AM
eoe wrote:
If you were from Maui you would know the answer to that - because there aren't sidewalks in many areas.
on December 25,2013 | 05:34AM
Nevadan wrote:
When I drive, the pedestrians always have the right of way, even if they don't.
on December 25,2013 | 06:06AM
entrkn wrote:
In most places, this would automatically be vehicular homicide or negligent homicide but on Maui, if the driver is a cop or a fireman, the cops will find the victim at fault.
on December 24,2013 | 12:59PM
kahu808 wrote:
Cite and example.
on December 24,2013 | 01:25PM
entrkn wrote:
On Feb 1, 2009, at 9:30pm, I was the victim of a hit and run accident on the Honoapiilani Hwy in front of the Lahaina Civic Center. The person who hit me was a Lahaina Police supervisor and after he hit my car and ran, he went straight up the Lahaina Police station where everyone there harbored, aided, and abetted him. When the cops, who were already harboring the cop who hit me, responded they acted dumb but threatened witnesses and made them leave without giving me the chance to get their names and contact info. The Lahaina cops are covering this up to this day. On Sept 14, 2013, a couple of tourists on a rented moped made a u-turn into my motorcycle as I was going by them. When the responding police realized that the moped driver was the Vancouver,BC Chief of the Fire and Rescue Dept, they "overlooked" relevant evidence and skewed the police report to make legal recourse more difficult for me and I sustained injuries that required 3 surgeries and will keep me out of work for at least 4 months. Anything else?
on December 25,2013 | 11:07AM
hikine wrote:
Stupid pickup truck driver!
on December 25,2013 | 01:59AM
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