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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 11, 2010

96-year-old driver dies in four-vehicle collision on Maui

Advertiser Staff

A 96-year-old driver from Pukalani, Maui died this morning after he was involved in a four-vehicle collision on Haleakala Highway that sent four people to Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui police said.

Masami Nikaido was pronounced dead at Maui Memorial.

He was driving a 2004 Toyota Echo that was rear-ended by a 2002 Ford E150 van traveling east on Haleakala Highway near Keahua Junction.

The driver of the Ford E150, a 47-year-old woman from Kahului, sent Nikaido's Echo crashing into the rear of a 2008 Nissan Sentra driven by a 56-year-old woman from Kaneohe.

The Sentra then collided into the rear of a 2010 Toyota Tacoma truck driven by a 24-year-old man from Kahului.

Nikaido's death is the sixth traffic fatality in Maui County this year, compared to seven at the same time last year.