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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 29, 2010

Kīhei man dies after crash on Haleakalā Highway

Advertiser Staff

A 22-year-old Kīhei man died Wednesday in a traffic collision in Kula, the second traffic fatality on Maui in as many days, the Maui News reported.

Police identified the victim as John M. Bolosan. Police said Bolosan was driving a Dodge Neon downhill on Haleakalā Highway when the car slid sideways on a curve. The car crossed the center line and hit an oncoming Ford Ranger pickup truck.

The collision occurred at 11:54 a.m. on Haleakalā Highway south of Kealaloa Avenue. Police said speeding was a possible factor.

Bolosan was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he died Wednesday afternoon.

A 61-year-old Kula man who was driving the truck declined treatment for minor injuries, police said.

Both drivers were alone in their vehicles.

The crash occurred on a wet roadway in foggy conditions that limited visibility on a day when other crashes were possibly weather-related, said acting Lt. Barry Aoki, commander of the police Traffic Section.

"All of these crashes would have been avoidable if people were paying attention and just adjust their driving to the conditions," Aoki said.

In the accident reported at 9:09 p.m. Tuesday, 42-year-old Kīhei resident Shannon L. Vannatta died when she was hit by a sport utility vehicle while she stood in the northbound roadway on Pi'ilani Highway, police said.