On Monday, January 25 at approximately 12:32 p.m., a motor vehicle crash occurred on Kahekili Highway, .6 miles east of mile marker 16 in Kahakuloa.
Preliminary investigation reveals a 2019 Nissan 4 door sedan was traveling East (Wailuku direction) on Kahekili Highway. The operator failed to negotiate a curve in the road and drove off the cliffside, landing on the rocky shoreline 200 feet below. As a result of the collision, the operator was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.
The operator was identified as a 35-year-old female, possibly from Lahaina. The operator’s identification is being withheld pending notification of family.
The operator of the Nissan was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of this crash. The vehicle airbags did deploy.
The involvement of speed, alcohol, and drugs has not been determined as the investigation is still pending.
This is the first traffic fatality for the County of Maui this year, compared to two at the same time last year.