Man, 19, killed in Maui’s first traffic fatality of 2015

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The Maui Police Department is reporting the island’s first traffic fatality of the year.

The single-vehicle crash happened in Pukalani at about 7:30 p.m. Monday on Old Haleakala Highway near Aeloa Road.

Traffic investigators say the driver of a gray Ford multi-purpose vehicle lost control and the vehicle rolled over.

The 19-year-old driver, Jose Vasquez Jr. of Pukalani, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

A 22-year-old male front-seat passenger, also from Pukalani, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Police say speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Old Haleakala Highway was closed Monday night as officers investigated the scene.

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