Maui man dies after car crashes into telephone pole

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Maui man died this morning when his SUV slammed into a telephone pole.

It happened on Honopiilani Highway in Olowalu.

Police say 19-year-old Jared Alvarez of Lahaina was heading north around 2:30 a.m. when his Jeep Cherokee flipped on its side and struck the pole.

Authorities say his seat belt was buckled, but he was sitting on it instead of being strapped in.

Police are investigating whether speed, drugs, or alcohol are factors.