Air Conditioned Helmet Gets $5,000 Reward in Maui air conditioning case
Maui, Hawaii — A man who sued the city of Honolulu over a helmet he wore in a traffic accident died of natural causes on Thursday, authorities said.
Richard Faull, 69, was killed in a collision in August 2014 when his pickup truck collided with a school bus.
He was driving in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 on Kauai when the collision occurred.
He died at the scene.
The Honolulu Fire Department said the helmet Faully was wearing when he was struck was a model that the department says is the highest-quality air conditioned in the industry.
The helmet’s manufacturer has said it has received a number of complaints about it and has been receiving calls from customers concerned about the safety of wearing it in the event of an accident.
According to the city’s insurance agency, FauLL was in a vehicle that had a rear-facing air conditioner.
His helmet, which had a visor covering the rear portion of the visor, was not air conditioned.
“This was an accident, and we are deeply sorry,” Honolulu Police Chief Scott Young said.
This is the kind of safety that we can build on with a helmet, and I commend the department and our police officers for their swift response to this tragedy.”