Victim identified in fatal Kauai crash, driver arrested

Robert Yount
Robert Yount

Police have identified the 26-year-old Waimea woman who died after she was hit by a vehicle in Kipu on Saturday as Jill Garnett.

Kauai police have also confirmed that the driver of the SUV that struck Garnett was arrested for second degree Negligent Homicide. Police booked 82-year-old Robert Yount of Kalaheo on Saturday. He has since been released from custody pending further investigation.

According to a preliminary police report, Garnett was walking along the eastbound shoulder of Kaumualii Highway, heading west, when at approximately 8:55 a.m. she was struck by an eastbound SUV near the Kipu Road junction.

Yount did not sustain any injuries and had no passengers in his vehicle at the time of the incident.

It has not yet been determined if speed, drugs, or alcohol were contributing factors in the fatal crash. The case remains under investigation.

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