HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The driver arrested for a crash that killed a Honolulu police officer has a history of breaking traffic laws. Court records reveal several violations for Scott Ebert, including three for speeding and one for disregarding directional arrows. The Mililani man is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Ebert, 41, also serves as a federal fire inspector. He was arrested for negligent homicide and then released pending investigation.
Meanwhile, the fallen officer's family is finally opening up. Garret Davis' sister said he always dreamed of becoming a police officer.
"He and I were very close. I was so privileged to be his big sister," said Amanda Stevens during a telephone interview from West Sacramento, California.
She and her mother flew to Honolulu to proudly watch him graduate from the academy in January 2009.
"He just loved the islands and thought it was so beautiful," said Stevens.
But then over the weekend came the dreaded phone call. Her beloved brother was dead.
"Our family is so comforted to know that he passed away doing what he loved to do," said Stevens.
The 28-year-old officer had stopped on the H-1 Freeway in Aiea to help a couple with a flat tire when a truck slammed into his patrol car.
"I want to thank the people who tried to save him. I know that they did everything they could," said Stevens. "I know that if my brother was alive, he would want us to forgive the driver and so I'm trying."
Officer Davis' three-year-old daughter, Mackenzie Rose, lives in Oregon with her mother. She is too young to understand what she has lost.
"Even when things were made difficult for him, he used every single vacation day he had, every extra dime he had to visit his daughter so that his daughter would know her father," explained Stevens.
Officer Davis' death has devastated his family, but his sister said he never held a grudge. As she struggles with her sorrow, she hopes that the driver who killed her brother will dedicate his life to preventing another death.
"I don't know why he didn't see my brother, and why he hit my brother, but whatever it is, I hope that he makes it his life's work to make sure that no one else makes that same mistake," Stevens said.