The operator of a dirt bike that was involved in a crash in Kula has died from his injuries.

Graden Miguel, 52, of Kula was pronounced dead on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at Maui Memorial Medical Center. This was the 18th traffic fatality for Maui County in 2017 as compared to 23 of all of last year.

On Sunday, Dec. 24, at about 12:22 p.m., a crash occurred on Lower Kula Road at the intersection of Pulehuiki Road. A 2005 Honda multi-purpose vehicle was traveling south on Lower Kula Road. While making a left turn onto Pulehuiki Road, it collided with Miguel's dirt bike that was traveling in the opposite direction down Lower Kula Road.

The driver of the Honda, a 52-year-old man from Kula, suffered minor injuries and was released at the scene.

The roadway was closed for about three hours as police investigated. The involvement of speed, drugs and alcohol are unknown pending further investigation.