Maui Police Department said the driver of a Dodge Neon sedan with five passengers crossed the highway's center line and crashed into a Suzuki Aerio sedan carrying three people Sunday.
"Five of the occupants from the vehicle that crossed the centerline were ejected, four of whom expired at the scene," said Maui police Lt. Wayne Ibarra.
The fifth passenger died at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Firefighters removed the driver from the vehicle before he was taken to the hospital.
Investigators said the Neon was northbound on Kula Highway just after 6:30 a.m. traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of the car.
The Neon began to spin counterclockwise and crossed the double solid lines into the opposing lane of traffic, colliding with the Suzuki.
The collision sheered the Neon in half. The front half of the car came to rest along the guard rail. The back half of the car came to rest in a brush area on the west shoulder of Kula Highway. The final resting positions of the two halves of the car were approximately 185 feet apart.
Only the driver in the Neon was wearing a seatbelt. All of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle.
Police said speed and alcohol, on the part of the driver of the Dodge, appear to have contributed to the crash. Possible drug use is under investigation.
"We just hope motorists drive safely on this holiday weekend so that way they can enjoy the weekend safely," said Ibarra.
Police identified those who died in the crash:
- Karl Barrack, 20, of Pukalani
- Annastachia Cruz-Kalua, 19, of Pukalani
- Ambrose Momoa, 20, of Waiehu
- Remington Taylor Redwell, 20, of Lahaina
- Steven R. Shaw, 20, of Lahaina
The father of Barrack said the group of friends were at a birthday party Saturday night in Upper Kula and were on their way back home.
One of the friends of Cruz-Kalua said she was a hula dancer for a local halau.
The driver of the Neon is described as a 21-year-old man from Pukalani who remains in stable condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
The involvement of speed and alcohol is suspected and remains under investigation.
Ibarra said the three victims in the Suzuki, all from Pukalani, were also taken to Maui Memorial with non-life threatening injuries.
Police said they were the 46-year-old driver, his 47-year-old wife, who was in the front passenger seat and a 55-year-old woman sitting in the back seat.
The back seat passenger was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries. The other two people were also transported to the hospital and were treated and released.
Ibarra said Sunday's deaths bring the islands total this year to 10 compared to three at the same time last year.
KITV4 News has a crew on Maui and we will have a full report Monday night at 5, 6 and 10.
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