Traffic fatality in old Safeway parking lot
The Maui News
KAHULUI — A driver died Wednesday when his car hit three parked vehicles in the parking lot of the old Safeway store in Kahului, police said.
Witnesses reported seeing the man hanging out of the white Acura sedan as it traveled from the Hoohana Street side of the parking lot, went through two trees in a raised curbing in the middle of the parking lot and made a hard right turn to head toward the store, said Lt. William Hankins, commander of the police Traffic Section.
He said the car hit the back of a parked blue Mazda van, then continued on, hitting a red Ford Escape before jumping a curb and crashing head-on into a white Nissan Sentra.
Witnesses said the man’s feet were in the Acura while his torso was on the ground outside the car.
A pregnant woman who was in the van was treated at the scene by medics, Hankins said. He said the other two parked cars were unoccupied.
Police traffic investigators were at the parking lot Wednesday night mapping the crash scene, which was blocked off with yellow police tape. The investigation was continuing.
The traffic death was the 16th this year in Maui County, compared with 12 at the same time last year.