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A 31-year-old Wailuku man and a 23-year-old Kahului woman died early this morning following a motorcycle crash on Lower Main Street.

According to police, the two were traveling south on a 1998 Harley-Davidson when the motorcycle struck a raised curb at a bend in the roadway.

The operator, identified as Timothy Herring, and his passenger, Rebekah Booth, were both ejected from the motorcycle and were pronounced dead at the scene.

It is not known yet if speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

This is Maui County’s 23rd traffic fatality for 2015 as compared to 21 at this time last year.

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  • Were they wearing helmets? Probably not as if they did maybe at least might have survived their crash. Also how do you crash on a narrow surface street on Maui with lots of activity that you should only be going about 30 mph max?

  • For those who have not ridden a motorcycle, scooter or even a moped. It’s not as easy as jumping on and you’re on your way. Even after attending a MSF Safety Course. There are nuances of taking a turn; stop and turn or slow turn into a curve utilizing “counter steering”. Then there is the issue of “target fixation”…you actually end up where you’re going…your head looks and shoulders turn and arms and hand respond accordingly…hence, you need to “use your head and look into the turn”. It could have also involved hitting a deposit of gravel, anti-freeze, oil, gas or even wet painted surface. Would helmet help? Don’t know. Without the details of the investigation we’ll never know. Condolences to Family and Friends…so young.

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