Bicyclist struck by motorist dies
A 61-year-old Kihei man died Saturday afternoon after he was struck while riding his bicycle by a pickup truck that drifted into the bike lane on Piilani Highway, police reported.
The bicyclist was identified as Karl Hagen.
A few minutes before 1:15 p.m., Hagen was riding toward Maalaea on the highway shoulder north of Kanani Road when a 28-year-old Kula man driving a black 1992 Ford Ranger pickup went into the bicycle lane and hit the bicyclist, police said. The truck driver also was traveling north on the highway.
Hagen was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he later died. He was wearing a helmet.
While investigating the crash, police closed Piilani Highway between Welakahao and Kanani roads. The closure brought traffic gridlock for motorists in the area.
The fatality marked Maui County’s seventh traffic-related death this year, compared with four at the same time last year.
As of Saturday evening, police had not determined whether speed, drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.