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.