Paia man dead after car hits tree on Maui

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Paia man has died after an accident on Maui.

The incident happened just before 9 p.m. Sunday on Baldwin Avenue near Ike Drive in Paia.

Investigators say a 30-year-old Paia man,was driving a black 1996 Toyota Tacoma pick-up on Baldwin Avenue when he lost control of his car and collided into a tree. As a result of this crash, Mr. Kahakauwila sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the driver, identified as Kawika Kahakauwila, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt and airbags did not deploy.

Investigators say speed is a suspected factor in this crash. Drugs and alcohol have not been determined as the investigation is still pending.

This is Maui County’s 11th traffic fatality of the year compared to eight the same time as last year.

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