01/23/2012

HPD cop struck, killed assisting motorists

Garret Davis, 28, was delivering paperwork to headquarters when he stopped to help a couple whose vehicle had stalled

By PoliceOne Staff

HONOLULU — A Honolulu patrol officer died Sunday helping stranded motorists, police said.

Garret Davis, 28, was delivering paperwork to headquarters when he stopped to help a couple whose vehicle had stalled, according to The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Police Chief Louis Kealoha said a Chevrolet Silverado struck Davis' patrol car, which had its blue lights activated.

"Officer Davis turned on his blue lights and stopped behind the stalled vehicle to shield it from on-coming traffic and to alert other drivers to the stall," Kealoha said, adding that when the Silverado rammed Davis' vehicle into the stalled car moments later, "he didn't even have a chance to get out."

The couple in the car was taken to the hospital along with the driver of the Silverado, who was arrested after his release.

Davis, a father of one, began his police career with the HPD after graduating from the academy in 2008, and in 2010, he received a certificate of merit for helping save a suicidal woman off the shore of Haleiwa.

"Last night he was again trying to help others when the fatal collision occurred," Kealoha said. "We are devastated by his loss but we send our prayers and condolences to his family."

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