On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at approximately 07:07 p.m., a Motor Vehicle Crash occurred on Wailea Alanui Drive north of Malukai Lane in Wailea. The crash occurred as a blue 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, traveling north-bound on Wailea Alanui Drive, collided into the raised curb on the makai-side shoulder while negotiating a right curve in the roadway. The vehicle then climbed the curb and collided into a tree.
The female operator of the vehicle was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center Emergency Room in critical condition where she later died as a result of her injuries.
The operator of the vehicle has since been identified as 21 year old Rhendie M. Hepa of Kihei.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are still pending as the investigation is ongoing.
This is Maui County’s 15th traffic fatality for 2017 as compared to 21 the same time last year.