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University of Hawaii President David Lassner involved in a minor car crash

University of Hawaii President David Lassner’s car flipped onto its side during a minor accident in the Kapahulu area on New Year’s Day at 1 a.m., according to a UH spokesperson.

There were no injuries, said UH spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl. 

Spectrum News Hawaii also reached out to the Honolulu Police Department regarding the incident, but did not receive a response. 

“While traveling down a narrow street, Lassner veered right to avoid oncoming traffic, resulting in a minor collision with a parked car that flipped his car onto its side,” said Meisenzahl.

Bystanders assisted the 69-year-old in exiting his vehicle through the rear hatch.  

The Honolulu Police Department and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene. Lassner spoke to police and paramedics examined him. EMS spokesperson Shayne Enright said he declined transport.

“He was coordinated and coherent, and was not given a breathalyzer test,” said Meisenzahl. 

In September, Lassner announced he would retire at the end of 2024 after leading the University of Hawaii for over a decade. The Board of Regents previously said they hope to select a new president by June. 

Michelle Broder Van Dyke covers the Hawaiian Islands for Spectrum News Hawaii. Email her at michelle.brodervandyke@charter.com.

Source: Spectrum Local News