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Driver Arrested After Passenger Ejected, One Killed in S. Kihei Crash

At about 3 a.m. on Sunday, a motor vehicle collision occurred on South Kihei Road, 163 feet South of Kaonoulu Street.  

According to the Maui Police Department, the collision occurred when a 1999 Ford Mustang was traveling north (Maalaea direction) on South Kihei Road at a high rate of speed. The operator lost control of the vehicle, which went off the road and crashed through construction fencing.  The vehicle then continued uncontrollably until crashing into some construction material at the old Maui Lu construction site. The vehicle eventually came to rest atop a pile of lumber upside down.

The Ford Mustang sedan was being operated by a 38-year-old male resident of Wailuku.  Police say the man left the scene of the collision on foot but was later met at Maui Memorial Medical Center by police traffic investigators, where he had gone to seek treatment for injuries sustained in this crash.  He was subsequently treated for non-life-threatening injuries.         

The passenger of the Ford Mustang sedan, identified as 48-year-old Gregory E. Rawlweson, a Wailuku Resident, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. 

Authorities say the male operator, as well as the passenger, were not wearing seatbelts at the time of this collision.  

The involvement of alcohol and speed are considered to be a factors in this crash, however, the involvement of drugs has not been confirmed as the investigation is still pending, per MPD.

At approximately 9:57 a.m., the 38-year-old male operator of the Ford Mustang sedan was placed under arrest for the offenses of

  1. NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE 1
  2. OPERATING A VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF AN INTOXICANT
  3.  ACCIDENTS INVOLVING DEATH
  4.  EXCESSIVE SPEEDING
  5. RECKLESS DRIVING 

This is Maui County’s seventeenth traffic fatality of 2019, as compared to fifteen at this same time last year.

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