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Posted on: June 21, 2022

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision (Update)



The victim has been identified as Ruben Kaaihue (34) of Wailuku.  The Maui Police Department extends our deepest condolences to Mr. Kaaihue’s family and friends.





On Friday, June 17, 2022, at approximately 8:47 p.m., a motor vehicle collision occurred on Kaahumanu Avenue, approximately 565 feet west of Lono Avenue in Kahului.  


Preliminary investigation reveals that an unidentified male pedestrian was within the outer westbound lane of Kaahumanu Avenue fronting the entrance of 170 Kaahumanu Avenue when a black 2022 Toyota Tacoma, traveling westbound on Kaahumanu Avenue, collided into the pedestrian.  Shortly after, a 2001 blue/white Honda Accord, also traveling westbound, collided into the same pedestrian.


As a result of this collision, the pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  


The 67-year-old male operator of the Toyota and occupants, a 51-year-old female and 12-year-old juvenile, all from Waihee, did not report any injuries.


The operator of the Honda, a 53-year-old female from Waiehu, did not report any injuries.  


Investigation reveals that:


The pedestrian was not in a marked crosswalk when he was struck.


The operator and occupants of the Toyota were all wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.


The operator of the Honda was wearing her seat belt at the time of the collision.   


The airbags did not deploy in either vehicle.


Based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation, Traffic Investigators do not suspect that alcohol or drugs were contributing factors to this collision.     


Speed is not suspected as a factor in this collision.          


This is Maui County’s 11th traffic fatality of 2022, compared to six at the same time last year.


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