On Thursday, November 2, 2017 at approximately 03:23 a.m., a Motor Vehicle Collision occurred on Waiehu Beach Road west of Kealii Drive in Wailuku. The crash occurred as a gray 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck was traveling east on Waiehu Beach Road when it veered off the roadway and onto the makai shoulder, colliding into a metal light pole. After colliding into the light pole, the vehicle continued to travel on the shoulder across Kealii Drive, where it came to rest after striking a rock wall. The lone occupant-operator was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead.
The operator of the pickup truck has since been identified as 34 year old John V. Anken of Wailuku.
The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are still pending as the investigation is on-going.
This is Maui County’s 14th traffic fatality for 2017 as compared to 19 the same time last year.