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Vehicle crashes kill 2 on Molokai

Two people died in separate vehicle accidents on Molokai over the weekend.

The first accident occurred about 10:43 p.m. in Kaluakoi on Friday.

A male driver was traveling east on Kaula Road in a 2013 Kia multi-purpose vehicle when the vehicle drifted off the roadway and struck a rock embankment, according to a news release from the Maui County Police Department. The vehicle flipped over and landed on the passenger side.

Police said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has yet to be released pending notification of next of kin.

The second accident occurred about 6:05 p.m. Saturday in Hoolehua.

Police said John Kalua, 36, of Kalae, was traveling east on Puu Kapele Avenue in a 1991 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle when the vehicle failed to a negotiate a turn at the intersection of Lihi Pali Avenue. The vehicle veered onto the grassy shoulder and struck several trees before it rolled over on its roof.

Kalua was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are continuing their investigation on the crashes.

The fatalities are the first and second traffic-related fatalities in Maui County for the year, compared with none at the same time last year.

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