MAUI, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 19-year-old Maui woman was killed in a crash early Sunday morning on Kuihelani Highway.
The suspected driver accused of causing the crash while allegedly under the influence has been released pending investigation, police said Monday.
The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. three miles north of Honoapiilani Highway in Kahului.
The victim was a passenger in a 2003 Honda Civic. Maui police identified her as Hannah Brown of Wailuku.
Police said she and the 19-year-old driver of the vehicle was heading north in the Kahului direction when their vehicle was hit by a 2016 Subaru Forester driven by a 23-year-old Kula woman.
The 23-year-old was identified by police as Lynsey Jio.
Jio was reportedly heading south on the wrong side of the center line when she smashed head-on into the Honda.
Brown was pronounced dead at the scene. The 19-year-old driving the vehicle Brown was in was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Jio was uninjured in the crash.
During the preliminary investigation which shut down the highway for about five hours, police discovered that alcohol may have been a contributing factor, and Jio was arrested.
She faces negligent homicide and DUI charges.
“Motor vehicle crashes that involve a fatality are very complex investigations needed to determine any and all factors that may have contributed to the crash. Once the investigation is completed the case will be sent to the Prosecutor’s Office for review,” police said.
This is Maui County’s 11th traffic death of 2019. This same time last year, there were four.