The Maui News - The several hours Pi'ilani Highway was closed after a fatal pedestrian accident last week Monday during the after-work rush hour was to ensure a proper investigation, a Maui police official said Tuesday, in light of reports of traffic gridlock in South Maui. On March 4, Lynnette Marie Korinko, 49, of Kihei was crossing Pi'ilani Highway at the Waipu'ilani Road intersection in an area without a crosswalk, when a Toyota truck heading toward Ma'alaea struck her around 4 p.m., police said.
Shortly thereafter, police closed Pi'ilani Highway at that point and diverted Kahului-bound traffic to Pi'ikea Avenue and southbound traffic to East Waipu'ilani Road.
Residents and businesses contacted by The Maui News and the Maui Weekly reporting two-hour travel times from Wailea to Kihei, people running red lights and motorists driving on the wrong side of the road. Some motorists even parked their cars on the side of the road and walked and ran to their destinations.
Korinko was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.
Both the driver of the truck, a 40-year-old Pa'ia man, and his passenger, a 32-year-old Haiku man, were not injured in the crash, police said.
Korinko's death was Maui County's second fatality of the year, compared to three at the same time last year.