Traffic accident on Maunaloa Highway results in fatality

| June 18, 2014 | 3 Comments

A serious rollover accident involving a pickup truck on Maunaloa Highway last month has turned fatal.

Harry Shizumu, 86, who lived in the Kaluakoi area, died on June 4 at Maui Memorial Medical Center as a result of the injuries sustained in the May 8 accident, according to the Maui Police Department.

As originally reported, Shizumu was the passenger in a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck operated by an 86-year-old female from Molokai. The two were traveling eastbound on Maunaloa Highway at 6:39 a.m., less than a mile from the intersection with Kaluakoi Road, when the vehicle veered left of the centerline and struck a guardrail on the north side of the roadway. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle crossed the centerline and continued southeasterly to the south shoulder of the road, went up an embankment, and flipped onto its roof.

The accident investigation showed that both occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts and the vehicle airbags did deploy properly.

The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol has not been determined as the investigation is still pending.

This is Maui County’s 14th traffic fatality this year compared to eight for the same time last year.

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  1. Robert Aldrich says:

    It amazes me that the 1st thing MPD puts out about any vehicle accident is that speed, drugs, or alcohol might have been a factor. Jumping to wild ass speculation like this lessens the credibility of the police. IMO there would probably be other “factors.” What about poor highway design? What about the age of the victims? What would most residents in the area of the crash know abou occasional loose cattle, & most always axis deer that could cause a driver to swerve in order to avoid an animal collision. MPD should not jump to conclusions. Of course there is a cash cow from the Feds for showing that speed etc are factors even if a professional investigation shows otherwise. It is better to say nothing & be thought dumb than speak & remove all doubt.

    • steve says:

      sorry to hear of the gentleman’s passing.

      i agree, robert, and i’d point out that a variety of vehicle equipment failures could lead to loss of control. the truck was roughly 15 years old.

  2. M Lolo says:

    There never was any justification for suggesting or even hinting at a cause. That is why the “…investigation is still pending.” Who knows? Bad things happen. Nobody needs to be at fault. It could be any one of us.

    Our hearts go out to the family over his passing and the grave injuries to the driver.

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