Questions over security and safety measures are being raised after a runner was injured at Sunday’s Maui Marathon on Sunday when a car drove right into the crowd of people.
According to police, Rustyn Pajimola-Aiu was trying to exit the Queen Kaahumanu Center’s parking lot just after 5 in the morning when he rammed into the group of people lined up for the race.
He struck a 53-year-old Kahului man and dragged him about 30 feet.
KHON2 News spoke on Monday with the organizers of the race and Maui police about how something like this could have happened and the safety procedures that were in place to keep everyone safe.
Race director Rudy Huber said 900 volunteers and 50 police officers were present throughout the course. including at the starting line.
But Maui police did say that they were not assigned to the barricaded area Aiu managed to get through.
“It’s just something we have to look at next year,” Huber said, “maybe some more volunteers or security at other locations over at Queen Kaahamanu so it doesn’t happen again.”
Huber said the race continued on as usual with no other mishaps. As for the 53-year-old victim, he suffered minor injuries, was treated at the scene, and ended up running the marathon.
The driver, Pajimola-Aiu, was arrested and charged for driving under the influence. He does not have a history of arrests.