Fatal accident closes Honoapiilani Hwy on Maui

Updated: May. 4, 2013 at 7:16 PM HST
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LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A commercial van struck and killed a bicyclist on Honoapiilani Highway at Kapunakea Street Saturday, causing a road closure that lasted for several hours.

33-year-old Gary-Dea Kahunanui of Lahaina was killed when he was struck while riding his blue/white bicycle traveling west on Kapunakea Street. He entered the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway when his traffic signal was a solid red light. He was not wearing a helmet.

The commercial van, operated by a 52-year-old Kahului man, was traveling north on Honopiilani Highway in the left lane. He was the only person in the vehicle and was wearing a seatbelt.

Kahuanani crossed the intersection onto the left northbound lane when the commercial van struck him. The van had a green light.

The victim sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash.

The 52-year-old operator of the commercial van did not sustain any injuries as a result of the crash. The involvement of speed, alcohol, and drugs remains under investigation.

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