Maui, Molokai fatalities under investigation

Police are investigating two fatal traffic crashes, one on Honoapiilani Highway in Ukumehame and another on Molokai, that occurred Thursday.

A 66-year-old Haliimaile man died at the scene of the Ukumehame crash, which occurred at 11:11 a.m. nearly 1 mile on the Lahaina side of the pali near Papalaua Wayside park, police said.

Police identified the man as Robert Keith Adams.

He was driving a 1998 white Ford Explorer that was heading toward Lahaina when it crossed the centerline in a passing zone and collided into the left front of a maroon 2012 Chrysler 200 four-door sedan traveling in the opposite direction, police said.

The Explorer continued toward Lahaina onto the eastbound shoulder, hitting a kiawe tree before ending up facing northwest in the Kahului-bound lane, resulting in a small fire, police said.

The Chrysler rotated counterclockwise and came to rest facing northwest in the Kahului-bound shoulder, police said.

Immediately after the collision, a white 2012 Ford Focus four-door sedan, which had been behind the Chrysler, swerved left into the Lahaina-bound lane, coming into contact with airborne debris from the collision, police said. The Focus drove off the roadway and stopped on the Kahului bound shoulder.

Two men, ages 81 and 88, from La Jolla, Calif., were in the Chrysler and suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening, police said. Both were transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

The occupants of the Focus weren’t injured.

Police said all occupants were using seat belts.

Honoapiilani Highway was closed while police investigated the crash scene before the highway was reopened at 2:26 p.m.

Details about the Molokai fatality, which occurred in Kaunakakai, were not immediately available Thursday evening. Police traffic investigators from Maui were going to Molokai this morning.

The traffic deaths were the sixth and seventh this year on Maui County roads, compared with 11 at the same time last year.