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Kula man dies after crashing into embankment on Maui

A 47-year-old Kula man was killed Sunday night when he lost control of the car he was driving on Kula Highway and hit a rock embankment.

Maui police identified the driver as Manuel Lopes III.

Lopes was driving a white 1995 Honda Civic heading north on Kula Highway at 9:45 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle at about the 16-mile marker in Kula.

Lopes’ car left the roadway, collided with a rock embankment and came to rest against a guardrail. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are under investigation.

This is Maui County’s 13th traffic fatality in 2016, compared to 18 at this time last year.

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