A near fatal collision on New Year’s Eve threatened the life of a 32-year-old Haiku man.
The Maui Police Department reports that the crash occurred at 8:32 p.m. on Ulumalu Road in Haiku.
Preliminary investigation reveals that a 1998 Toyota 4 Runner was traveling south on Ulumalu Road when the operator lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line, and collided into an embankment lined with bamboo trees.
As a result of the collision, the operator was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the roadway. The driver was transported to Maui Memorial Media Center for treatment.
Police say the man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and the vehicle airbags did not deploy.
MPD reports that preliminary investigation indicates alcohol and speed are believed to be factors related to this crash.
The involvement of drugs has not been determined as the investigation is still pending.