Driver dies at scene of crash on Kula Highway

The Maui Police Dept. reports a man died at the scene of a single-car crash on Kula Highway Sunday night.

At about 9:45 p.m., a crash occurred at about highway mile-marker 16 in Kula.

The driver of a white 1995 Honda Civic traveling north failed to negotiate a right curve in the roadway and lost control of the vehicle. The car left the roadway, collided with a rock embankment, and came to rest against a guardrail.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Manuel Lopes III, 47, of Kula.

Preliminary investigation revealed Lopes was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are under investigation.

This is Maui County’s 13th traffic fatality in 2016 as compared to 18 at this time last year.

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