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Multi-Vehicle Crash Kills Two, Injures Five


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According to KHON2, two women were killed and five other people hospitalized in a multi-vehicle collision in Makawao, Hawaii.

Speed May Have Played Role in Crash

The accident occurred at an intersection on the Haleakala Highway bypass at Makani Road. A driver of a silver Nissan failed to stop at a red traffic light, slamming into a Toyota truck at around 10:26 a.m. local time.

The Toyota was taking a left turn onto the highway when it was hit. The occupants, 57-year-old Traci Winegarner and an unidentified 63-year-old woman were killed in the crash. KHON2 reports that Winegarner was not wearing a seatbelt.

After crashing into the Toyota truck, the Nissan crossed the centerline and collided with two other vehicles. Occupants in two vehicles involved in the latter crash were taken to Maui Memorial hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. In addition, the driver of the Nissan was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to KHON2, the involvement of drugs and alcohol are being investigated, but speed is suspected to be a factor in the fatal car wreck. The two women killed in the crash were the 14th and 15th traffic fatalities in Maui County in 2016.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following statistics are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, there were 32,675 people who died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • In 2014, 2.34 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014.
  • For those passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2014, only 15 percent were unrestrained.

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