Kauai police are asking for witnesses to come forward as officers continue to investigate two major traffic crashes that occurred last week.
The first crash occurred in Lihue last Tuesday, at around 6:30 a.m., at the intersection of Ahukini Road and Kuhio Highway, fronting Kentucky Fried Chicken. According to police, a Nissan pickup was making a left turn from Kuhio Highway onto Ahukini when it was struck by a moped traveling north on the highway.
The 23-year-old male operator of the moped and his female passenger, 20, were treated for their injuries at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. The female passenger has since been released and the driver remains in stable condition. The 58-year-male driver of the pickup did not report any injuries.
The next day, a two-car crash resulted in critical injuries to a 28-year-old female. The crash occurred at approximately 8 a.m. near Knudsen Gap in Kipu, when an east-bound Ford Ranger truck crossed the center line and broadsided the passenger-side of an oncoming Chevy Spark. The female passenger of the Chevy was initially taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital and was then medivaced to Queen’s Medical Center, where she remains in stable condition.
The 44-year-old male driver of the Ford Ranger was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital in stable condition and has since been released. The male operator of the Chevy sedan did not report injuries.
KPD’s Traffic Safety Section continues to investigate the cause of the crashes. Anyone who may have witnessed either incident is urged to contact Officer Shawn Hanna 241-1618 or Sgt. Jason Overmyer at 241-1611.