2 killed as car goes out of control
WAILUKU » Two men died after they were thrown from a car that ran off Honoapiilani Highway at a turn and spun back onto the road in West Maui.
The driver and his passenger were ejected from the vehicle in an area between Napili and Kahana at 1:03 a.m. yesterday, police said.
The driver has been identified as Keone K.M. Brown, 25, of Lahaina, and the passenger as Angel Villagranna-Zamudio, 22, of Vista, Calif.
Police Lt. Robert Hill said officers suspect that speed was a contributing factor in the crash. The car was on Honoapiilani Highway headed south toward Lahaina when it failed to make a right turn and struck a guardrail.
Police investigator Duke Pua said the car then rotated back into its lane and moved into the lane with opposing traffic.
Pua said a motorcycle headed in the opposite direction, then struck the car.
The motorcyclist, a Maui man, suffered a broken rib but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, police said.
The two dead men were Maui County's 18th and 19th fatalities of the year, compared with 17 for the same period last year.
Hill said police were investigating the crash, including whether alcohol might have been a contributing factor.