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Woman arrested, released following fatal crash

Police investigation of collision ongoing

A white Subaru Forester (first photo) and black Honda Civic were involved in a fatal collision on Kuihelani Highway early Sunday. Maui Police Department photos

The Maui News

Maui police have released a 23-year-old Kula woman, who was arrested after a Subaru Forester she was driving crashed head on into a Honda Civic, killing a teenage woman, on Kuihelani Highway early Sunday morning.

The woman, who did not sustain injuries, was released pending further investigation, which police said is common in fatal motor vehicle crashes because officers need to conduct a thorough investigation before sending the case to the Prosecutor’s Office.

The woman was arrested for first-degree negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Hannah Brown of Wailuku, the passenger in the Honda, died in the crash, while the driver, a 19-year-old man from Kahului, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The crash occurred at 1:27 a.m. on Kuihelani Highway, 3 miles north of the Honoapiilani Highway intersection. The collision occurred when the 2016 Subaru Forester, traveling south in the Lahaina direction on Kuihelani Highway, crossed into the opposite northbound lane of travel.

The Subaru crashed head-on into a 2003 Honda Civic traveling in the northbound lane in the Kahului direction on Kuihelani Highway, police said.

The death was Maui County’s 11th traffic fatality of this year as compared to four this time last year.