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Maui police add 3-D technology to fatal car crash investigations

By Lila Fujimoto, Staff Writer (lfujimoto@mauinews.com), The Maui News

MAALAEA — With the purchase of new equipment that can scan 1 million points a second to create a 3-D diagram, police traffic investigators are hoping to collect evidence more quickly at fatal crash scenes.

“This is unreal technology,” said Lt.William Gannon, commander of the police Traffic Section, who wrote the federal grant to secure $194,000 in funding for the Leica ScanStation P40 unit, accessories and training.

“What we have is a unit that’s going to provide us very accurate data with regard to a crash investigation,” Gannon said. “It’ll help reduce the amount of time it takes to gather evidence. This will help assist us in reducing the amount of time the road closures last.”

On Tuesday, police Vehicle Homicide Unit officers put the new technology to the test, returning to
the scene of a fatal crash that occurred in the early-morning hours Feb. 28 at Honoapiilani Highway
Maui police add 3-D technology to fatal car crash investigations.

The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

Police Vehicle Homicide Unit officers Justin Mauliola (right) and Lawrence Becraft position the Leica
ScanStation as others watch during training to use the device Tuesday morning at Honoapiilani Highway and North Kihei Road.

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