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Chanse Uyeda: The full story
July 27, 2013 - Robert Collias
Here is the beginning of Lila Fujimoto's full story on Chanse Uyeda, the former Lahainaluna state champion wrestler killed in a moped accident Thursday night in Kahana:
A state and Maui Interscholastic League wrestling champion from Lahainaluna High School, Chanse Uyeda also was funny, humble and smart and inspired others, his friends and coaches said.
"He was one of those kids that a lot of kids looked up to," said Kim Ball, who had coached Uyeda in wrestling starting when he was in the 2nd grade. "He had that rare quality. Everybody really respected Chanse Uyeda."
The 19-year-old Lahaina resident died Thursday night after the moped he was operating collided with a car on Lower Honoapiilani Road in Lahaina, police said.
The head-on collision occurred at 8:17 p.m. fronting the Kahana Reef condominium complex. Police said the 2003 Yamaha Zuma moped was traveling south when it crossed the center line and hit a 2011 Ford Fusion traveling in the opposite direction.
Uyeda suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries, police said. He wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, according to police.
The Fusion driver, a 37-year-old Arlington, Va., man and his 37-year-old wife, who was a passenger in the car, weren't injured. Both were wearing seat belts, police said.
The traffic death was the ninth this year on Maui County roads, compared with 15 fatalities at the same time last year.
On Thursday night, word that Uyeda had been badly injured quickly spread among his friends, who gathered at the hospital with family members.
Ball said he got a call at about 10 p.m. from another wrestler.
"He asked me to pray for Chanse, he was in critical condition," said Ball, who headed to the emergency room to wait with family members and others. "It was a pretty sad evening."
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