2009 Thomas Jefferson grad dies in Maui accident

Devon King - Courtesy photo
Devon King
— image credit: Courtesy photo

Devon King, a 2009 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, died Oct. 28 in Maui after she was struck by a speeding vehicle.

The collision occurred about 6:52 p.m. Oct. 28 in Kahului, according to the Maui Police Department. Two pedestrians, including King, were hit by a 1998 Ford Explorer driven by a 27-year-old Kahului resident.

The vehicle was traveling east when it left the roadway and struck the pedestrians on a dirt shoulder. Speed and alcohol were suspected in the crash, according to police.

King, 21, and a second female, age 19, were transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. King was pronounced dead at 9:33 p.m. Hawaii time.

King was struck by the driver while walking to the grocery store, and was pinned to a tree, according to a Facebook post by her father, Thomas King. The driver and passenger fled the accident scene before good Samaritans tackled the driver and held him for the police, according to the post, adding that the passenger was later caught.

Devon King had been attending culinary school at the University of Hawaii Maui College. Thomas King boarded a flight to Hawaii on Monday morning to bring his daughter home.

The Maui News reports that yellow roses were placed on a tree stump at the scene.


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