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Police Seek Witnesses to Pedestrian Fatality

May 31, 2016, 2:44 PM HST (Updated May 31, 2016, 2:47 PM)
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hpd hawaii police big island policeHawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses to a fatal vehicle-pedestrian collision Friday, May 27, at the Kea‘au Transfer Station.

In response to an 11:13 a.m. call on Friday, officers determined that 78-year-old Gary S. Ambrose of Kea‘au was facing west at a trash when he was struck by a 1990 Dodge van being operated by 66-year-old Perla Whitehawk-Taylor of Hilo.

Ambrose was taken to Hilo Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:40 p.m.

Whitehawk-Taylor was arrested on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide and driving under the influence and then released pending further investigation.

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Police ask anyone who witnessed the collision to call the Hawai‘i Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Officer Casey Cabral at 961-8889 or casey.cabral@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300.

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Kea‘au Transfer Station Accident Results in Pedestrian Fatality

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