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Police identify Kahikinui, Makawao crash victims

The Maui News

WAILUKU — Police have identified two people who died in recent crashes on Maui roads.

Bryer Lind, 30, of Hana died when he was ejected from a 2003 Toyota Corolla sedan he was driving that crashed in Kahikinui at 10:42 p.m. July 17, police said.

The car was traveling west on Piilani Highway about 9 miles east of Kula Highway when Lind lost control of the vehicle, police said. It went left of the centerline and off the paved roadway onto the makai shoulder, rolled over and landed upside down on its roof, police said. Lind was pronounced dead at the scene.

In another case, Mia Medor, 52, of Kula died July 10 after suffering life-threatening injuries in a hit-and-run collision at 8:10 p.m. June 27 in Makawao, police said. She was walking on the side of Makani Road when she was hit by a vehicle that had turned onto the road from Haleakala Highway and went onto the grass shoulder, police said. She was transported to the hospital after the collision.

So far this year, 10 people have died in fatal crashes on Maui County roads, compared with six at the same time last year.

Speed and alcohol have been common factors in several of the crashes, “which is highly disappointing,” said Lt. William Hankins, commander of the police Traffic Section.

In the first half of the year, police made 285 arrests for driving under the influence of an intoxicant, including 10 of habitual DUI offenders, for a 7 percent increase from the 266 arrests during the same period last year.

Through June this year, 225 vehicles were towed after drivers were arrested for impaired driving, a 50 percent increase compared to the 151 vehicles towed in the first six months of 2020.

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