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Speed ruled out as factor in parking lot crash

The Maui News

Police said speed isn’t considered a factor in a fatal four-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the old Safeway store in Kahului.

The crash occurred at 5:09 p.m. when a white 1996 Acura sedan was traveling north in the side of the parking lot closer to Hoohana Street, police said. The driver climbed a raised parking island, passing between two trees before making an abrupt hard turn to the southeast to go toward the store and hitting the back left side of a parked 2003 blue Mazda passenger van, police said.

The Acura continued southeast and hit a 2006 red Ford Escape and jumped a curb to hit a 2019 white Nissan sedan, police said.

The Acura driver, a 41-year-old Kahului man, died at the scene of the crash. Police identified the man Thursday evening as Jeremy Tackett.

A 24-year-old Kahului woman, who was alone in the van, reported minor injuries and was treated by medics at the scene, police said.

Both the Ford and Nissan were unoccupied.

Police said the Acura driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The man had been staying in his car in the parking lot, people in the area said Thursday morning. When the crash occurred, the man was halfway out of his car, as if he wanted to jump out of the vehicle but appeared to be stopped, possibly by a medical condition, the witnesses said.

Police said an investigation is continuing into whether alcohol and drugs contributed to the crash.

The traffic death was the 16th this year in Maui County, compared with 12 at the same time last year.