'Preventable tragedy’: Maui mother, son die after head-on crash

'Preventable tragedy’: Maui mother, son die after head-on crash
Fatal car crash in Kihei (Source: Maui Police Department)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui officials have identified the woman and boy who died following a Sunday crash in Kihei as mother and son.

Police said Mildred Jouvenat, 49, of Kihei died at the scene.

Her 14-year-old son was taken in critical condition to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he died Monday afternoon.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the Jouvenat family and all the loved ones of people who’ve lost their lives on Maui’s roadways,” Maui Mayor Mike Victorino said, in a news release.

Police said the driver of the pickup truck that hit the Jouvenat’s car is suspected of drunk driving.

“Sadly, these are preventable tragedies. Drinking and driving while intoxicated is a recipe for devastating heartbreak in our community," Victorino said.

According to a preliminary investigation, Jouvenat was traveling northbound on Piilani Highway in Kihei about 7:20 p.m. when a Ford F-150 pickup truck crossed the center line and slammed into her vehicle head-on. The white Nissan Versa she was driving then collided into a white 2016 Ford Focus.

The driver of the Ford F-150 ― a 43-year-old Kihei man ― suffered serious injuries in the crash. The driver of the Ford Focus, a 74-year-old Kihei woman, sustained minor injuries.

They were also transported by paramedics to the medical center.

The fatalities marks Maui County’s 13th and 14th so far this year compared to 10 at the same time last year.

This story may be updated.

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