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2 people killed when car hits church's rock wall

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:50 p.m. HST, Jul 3, 2011


A white, 2002 Honda Accord, driven by a 68-year-old man, went off the road and crashed into a rock wall at Makawao Union Church Saturday evening, killing the driver and his 67-year-old passenger, Maui police said.

Police identified the victims as Arthur and Sheryl Takabayashi, of Makawao. The crash happened at about 6:32 .m. at 1444 Baldwin Ave. Police said the Accord drove onto the front lawn of the church until it hit the wall. Police said there was no indication the driver tried to stop or avoid the crash.

Both victims were wearing seat belts. Arthur Takabayashi died at the scene and Sheryl Takabayashi died at the hospital, police said. 

There have been 9 traffic deaths on Maui so far this year compared to 8 at the same time last year.

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