Four hurt when car crashes into Costco store entrance

Four people were injured when a car crashed into the front entrance of the Costco store in Kahului on Sunday afternoon, stopping when it hit the entrance door frame, witnesses and officials said.

“It came kind of fast,” said a Wailuku resident who was with his family 3 to 4 feet away in the food court area. “All of a sudden, boom. When the car hit the building, it was still revving. It hit the entrance door and gate and rubbish can.”

Police said the crash occurred at 1:50 p.m. when a man driving a silver Mazda RX-8 in the Costco parking lot mistakenly pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal, causing the car to hit numerous items, including a shopping cart that was thrown into pedestrians, near the customer entrance area.

Pedestrians were injured before the car hit the customer entrance of the building, police said.

Three of the four injured pedestrians were transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where they were treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening, police said.

The driver was cited for inattention to driving and reckless driving, police said. He told police he had been loaned the car and wasn’t familiar with its controls.

Police said the crash is still under investigation.

“Our main concern is for our members’ well-being,” said Jamie Havron, manager of the Costco store. “We have called them several times to check on them. It was just fortunate that it wasn’t worse than it was.”

The witness, who asked that his name not be used, said he and other family members saw a baby that “flew in the air,” though he didn’t know how that happened. The infant’s stroller was up against the front entrance of the store, the witness said. He said the baby and its parents were taken from the area by ambulance.

He said the entrance door area to Costco was closed for about 15 minutes after the crash; while police investigated, customers were allowed to enter the store through the exit door.