Uber driver, passengers among 4 killed in Maui crash

4 killed in 5-car crash on Maui
Published: Oct. 1, 2017 at 1:50 AM HST|Updated: Oct. 2, 2017 at 1:09 PM HST
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KAANAPALI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - - Four people were killed and three others were injured after a multiple-vehicle crash on Honoapiilani Highway in Kaanapali Saturday night.

According to Maui police, a 2003 white Dodge pickup truck was heading south on Honoapiilani Highway when the driver crossed the center line near Kekaa Drive and crashed head-on into a white 2007 Toyota Camry sedan.

The Camry then hit a black 2014 Dodge pickup truck that was traveling north. A 2015 Toyota Sienna passenger van then hit the rear of the Camry.

The driver of the '03 Dodge, identified as 52-year-old Raymundo Hernandez-Ramirez of Lahaina, died at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Camry also died at the scene. Lahaina resident Jack Carreras, 70, had been working for Uber for about two years. He was transporting four passengers from California.

The company issued this statement: "Our hearts go out to the families of everyone involved in this devastating accident. No family should have to suffer such sudden and tragic loss."

Two other passengers in the Camry, identified as 36-year-old Charles Whipple of San Mateo, California and 36-year-old Danille McColloch of Galt, California were also pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they were not wearing seat belts.

Two other passengers in the Camry were hospitalized following the accident. A passenger in the van also suffered minor injuries.

"There's no hard median between the northbound and southbound lanes so it's very easy, especially if you're going southbound towards Lahaina town, to pick up speed going down that hill," said Kaanapali resident Dave Esselburn. "A lot of times people go to fast on that highway. I feel really bad for all the relatives of all these people that died."

Speed appears to be a factor in the accident. Police are looking into whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

Court records show that Hernandez-Ramirez had two prior DUI convictions in 2006 and 2009. He also had a speeding citation that was paid in 2012.

This is the 11th traffic fatality for Maui compared to 12 this time last year.

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