Driver arrested, police seek witnesses in deadly crash at Keaau Transfer Station

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Hawaii Island police are seeking witnesses to a fatal vehicle-pedestrian crash Friday, May 27, at the Keaau Transfer Station.

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

Firefighters found Ambrose pinned to the front of the chute with his legs crushed. He suffered severe blood loss.

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

Whitehawk-Taylor was also taken to the hospital and then arrested on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide and driving under the influence. She has been released pending further investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the collision to call the 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.

Because this collision did not occur on a public highway, it is not counted as a fatality for statistical purposes.

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