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Another Motorcycle Crash Results in Near-Fatal Injuries

March 20, 2012, 6:46 AM HST
* Updated March 20, 9:52 AM
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Kane/Vevau Street intersection, photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A day after a double motorcycle fatality on Maui, a separate, near-fatal motorcycle accident occurred last night in Kahului.

The accident was reported at 9:37 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2012, at the Kane/Vevau Street intersection near the East entrance of the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center.

A 44-year-old man from Makawao was transported to hospital with critical life-threatening injuries after the motorcycle he was operating collided into the rear bed of a pickup truck.

Kane/Vevau Street intersection. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Police say the motorcyclist was operating a 2007 KTM/EXC motorcycle and was headed south on Kane Street at a high rate of speed, when he collided with a 2002 Ford F-150 pick-up truck headed in the opposite direction. The F-150 was executing a left hand turn towards the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center.

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The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet and medics say he suffered multiple traumatic injuries to his arms, legs and pelvis.

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He was transported by medics to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room for further treatment.

The operator of the pickup, a 20-year-old man, and his 19-year-old male passenger were not injured.

At this time, police say speed is suspected as a factor in the crash. The involvement of alcohol and drugs remains under investigation.

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