The still of a quiet Molokai night was shattered by a violent single vehicle crash that ended the life of the sole occupant.
Police investigating the Monday night accident on Kamehameha V Highway suspect that alcohol use was involved in the crash that killed Scott Furtado, 24, of Kualapu’u.
Furtado was westbound at 11:04 p.m. when he lost control of the 1999 Ford F150 pickup he was driving by himself about a mile east of Kaunakakai. The truck went off the road on the right shoulder, collided with a sign post, crossed over the center line into the oncoming lane before going onto the left shoulder. The vehicle then struck another sign post, a fire hydrant and a fence post when it overturned and collided into a maintenance shed at Molokai Shores Condominium.
Furtado was ejected from the vehicle, which tore a hole through the back wall of the shed. Emergency responders attempted to revive Furtado who had been pinned under the truck. He died at the scene.
Furtado was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to Sgt. Winfrey from the Molokai unit of the Maui County Police Department. Furtado was an employee of Zac’s Fumigation here on Molokai.
This is the fourth traffic fatality in Maui County for 2010, compared to six at the same time last year.
(The photo of the turned over truck and the covered body was removed from this website. I apologize if the photo offended anyone. — David Lichtenstein)