49-year-old Kihei woman killed
A 49-year-old Kihei woman was struck and killed by a pickup truck Monday afternoon trying to cross Piilani Highway in Kihei, according to police.
Police identified the victim as Lynnette Marie Korinko.
At about 4 p.m., Korinko was walking on the Wailea side of Waipuilani Road toward Piilani Highway, according to a preliminary investigation by police. Upon reaching Piilani Highway, she paused for traffic to clear then crossed the two Wailea-bound lanes, stopping on the double solid yellow lines separating the opposing lanes of traffic.
Pausing a bit for traffic to clear, she began crossing the two Maalaea-bound lanes. She was struck by a black 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in the right-hand lane of the Maalaea-bound lane of Piilani Highway, police said.
Police said that the intersection does not have a crosswalk for Piilani Highway. There also is no left-turn allowed for vehicles out of Waipuilani Road onto Piilani Highway.
Korinko was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead around 7:30 p.m.
The truck was being operated by a 40-year-old Paia man. He also had a passenger, a 32-year-old Haiku man. Both men were not injured.
The involvement of alcohol, speed and drugs in the crash are under investigation. This is Maui County’s second fatality this year, compared to three at the same time last year.
Police closed Piilani Highway at the intersection for several hours, causing a traffic jam throughout South Maui. For more on the crash and the traffic tie up, see Wednesday’s Maui News.