Driver in Maui crash that killed five arrested

Libert K. Qalivere
Libert K. Qalivere

KULA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The lone survivor of a crash that killed five people one year ago on Maui was arrested Tuesday and charged for nine offenses related to the crash.

Police arrested Libert K. Qalivere, 22, who was the driver of the car on March 25, 2012 when he lost control of the vehicle on Kula Highway and began to spin counterclockwise. The Dodge Neon crossed over the double solid yellow lines and collided with an oncoming car.

The Neon was sheared in half, ejecting everyone in the car except Qalivere, who was wearing his seatbelt. None of the five passengers who died was wearing a seat belt.

At the time, Maui police identified the victims as Karl Barrack, 20, of Pukalani, Remington Taylor Redwell, 20, of Lahaina, Steven R. Shaw, 20, of Lahaina, Annastachia Cruz-Kalua, 19, of Pukalani, and Ambrose Momoa, 20, of Waiehu.

Police suspected speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, and on March 12, 2013 Qalivere was served a warrant and arrested at his home in Pukalani.

According to police, he has been charged with the following:

  • 5 counts of Manslaughter
  • 1 count of Negligent Injury in the Second Degree
  • 2 counts of Inattention to Driving
  • 1 count of Operating a Vehicle while Under the Influence of an Intoxicant

Qalivere's bail is set at $750,000.

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