On Sunday, July 12, 2020, at approximately 8:23 PM, a motor vehicle collision occurred on Kahului Beach Road, .2 miles Northwest of Kaahumanu Avenue (Fronting Harbor Lights Condominiums) in Kahului. Investigation reveals a 2014 Toyota 4-Runner traveling southeast on Kahului Beach Road collided into a pedestrian. The pedestrian was traveling southbound across Kahului Beach Road, illegally crossing the roadway outside a marked crosswalk.
Subsequently, the operator of the Toyota, a 39-year-old male from Kahului, failed to notice the pedestrian in the roadway. The pedestrian identified as 28-year-old Nelsin NAICH, was struck by the Toyota and sustained fatal injuries. Mr. NAICH was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 39-year old operator of the Toyota and his two passengers ages 39 & 5 were not injured because of this crash.
The operator and rear seat passenger of the Toyota were wearing a seatbelt at the time of this crash. The rear middle seat passenger was not wearing a seatbelt.
Vehicle airbags did not deploy.
Preliminary investigation reveals that speed does NOT appear to be a factor in this crash, however, the investigation is ongoing and traffic crash investigators will make the final determination.
The involvement of drugs and alcohol has not been determined; however the investigation is ongoing and final determination has yet to be made by traffic crash investigators.
To date Maui County has 6 fatalities this year, as compared to 12 at the same time last year.