Driver in fatal police officer crash pleads not guilty

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Scott Ebert issued a not-guilty plea in circuit court today after an Oahu grand jury indicted him with manslaughter last week.

Ebert, a Mililani native and staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, was indicted in connection with the Jan. 21, 2012 death of Honolulu Police officer Garret Davis.

Davis stopped to aid a driver with a flat tire on the H-1 freeway eastbound near the Kaonohi Street overpass. Davis stopped in the left lane with his blue patrol car lights flashing. Eberts, the driver of a pickup truck, then slammed into Davis' car killing the 28-year old.

Ebert will go to trial in October. He bail was confirmed at $100,000.

This incident prompted Gov. Neil Abercrombie to sign Hawaii's "Move Over" law which requires drivers to slow down to a reasonable speed and make a lane change if an emergency vehicle is giving assistance on the side of the road.

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