A tourist couple’s rental car, which opted to take the fast way down Mauna Kea last week, has finally been towed off the side of the mountain after a snow delay.
The silver Nissan Altima rolled off the road and crashed about 800 feet down a ridge near the summit of Mauna Kea on Feb. 17, after the couple parked the vehicle and exited in search of a restroom.
The car rolled over the edge of the road and down the side of the mountain and flipping over before coming to rest right side up, facing up the mountain, said Stewart Hunter, general manager for Mauna Kea Observatories Support Services.
As a result of foul weather, including heavy snowfall this weekend, the vehicle couldn’t be retrieved until Tuesday, when a Ken’s Towing tow truck contracted by Alamo brought it down the mountain.
Hunter said that while the road up the mountain is open to the public, it is dangerous for anyone to attempt the drive to the summit without a four-wheel-drive vehicle.