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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 11:23 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Maui man killed in Monday wreck

Advertiser Staff

KIHEI, Maui — A Wailuku man was killed yesterday when his northbound Chevy flatbed truck was rear-ended by a Hawaiian Cement truck on Pi'ilani Highway and knocked into the oncoming lane, where it was hit by a third vehicle.

The collision occurred at about 4:20 p.m. about a half-mile south of Welakahao Road. Police identified the victim as Reid Watanabe, 35, an employee of Tri-Isle Inc.

Maui Police Department traffic investigator Lawrence Becraft said the flatbed was coming to a stop when it was rammed from behind, and then collided with a southbound Mitsubishi multipurpose vehicle. The 32-year-old Pa'ia man who was driving the cement truck suffered minor injuries, as did the 24-year-old Kihei man behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi.

There have been six traffic fatalities in Maui County this year compared with four a year ago.