Driver arrested in fatal 2012 crash

Published: Aug. 11, 2013 at 12:57 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM HST
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Scott Ebert
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Officer Garret Davis
Officer Garret Davis

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of killing a Honolulu police officer in a fiery car crash in 2012 was arrested Friday. A grand jury indicted Scott Frederick Ebert, 41, for manslaughter in the death of 28-year-old Officer Garret Davis.

Ebert had been arrested for negligent homicide, then released pending investigation at the time.

Davis had stopped in the left, eastbound lane of the H-1 freeway to help a motorist with a flat tire on Jan. 21, 2012 His patrol car's blue lights were turned on.

He was calling for assistance from his car when a pickup driven by Ebert struck it from behind. The patrol car burst into flames.

Prosecutor Chastity Imamura says witnesses reported seeing Ebert's truck at high speeds before the crash.

Back then, Davis' family was pushing for a new law, requiring drivers to move over to keep one lane between them and stopped emergency vehicles.

"Amanda and her mom would like to see the suspect face justice and that would bring if not closure, some sort of resolution," Davis' brother-in-law, Isaac Stevens said.

Shortly after the crash, Ebert told Hawaii News Now that he had not been drinking or taking drugs.

Ebert is now out on $100,000 bail.

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