Two killed in Molokai crashes

The Maui News

The first two traffic fatalities of the year occurred on Molokai in separate crashes on Friday and Saturday, police reported Monday.

The Friday crash occurred at 10:43 p.m. on Kaula Road in Kaluakoi. A 2013 Kia multipurpose vehicle was traveling east on Kaula Road when it veered off the road, hit a rock embankment and flipped over, coming to rest on the passenger side, police said.

The male driver, the lone occupant in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the driver was not released pending positive identification and notification of family members, police said.

At about 6:05 p.m. Saturday, a 1991 Ford Explorer multipurpose vehicle was traveling east on Puu Kapele Avenue in Hoolehua when it failed to negotiate a turn at the intersection with Lihi Pali Avenue. The vehicle went off the road, continued on the north grass shoulder of the road and collided with several trees, police said. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its roof.

The driver was identified as John Kalua, 36, of Kalae, Molokai. He was pronounced dead at the scene and was the lone occupant of the vehicle, police said.

The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol is pending in the two ongoing investigations, police said.

There were no traffic fatalities at this time last year.