HILO, Hawaii: It was a tragic way to start the morning for Patrick Miron, who rents this home, a short distance off Kinoole Street, and the spot where his roomate and friend, Brody Winslow, was killed on Wednesday morning.
Shortly before 7:29 a.m. that morning, a 2005 Toyota Tacoma struck the 20 year old Winslow – who was on his bicycle – before smashing and severing a utility pole.
The driver fled the scene traveling south on Kinoʻole Street. An off-duty police officer stopped her at Palai Street.
Police charged 40-year-old Alison E. Taylor of Volcano with negligent homicide, accident involving death or serious injury, failure to provide information or render aid, driving with a suspended license and inattention to driving. Her bail was initially set at $8,500 last week.
The pole has been replaced, and now this makeshift memorial marks the place where young Winslow died. A sign bearing his name is draped across the front of the house closest to the scene of the accident. On Monday, Winslow’s former land lord, Sandra Woodward, was there to sign the memorial banner, sharing her feelings for the young man that she says was a great boy.
The young man – said to be taking classes at Hawaii Community College – is originally from North Carolina. He made a good impression on friends and neighbors during his short time in Hilo.
For Miron, its his second college friend lost in hit and run incidents on Hilo roads. He also knew Ted Braxton, who lost his life to a drunk driver on Kino’ole Street and Hualālai in June 2011.
Now, the friends that Brody leaves behind can only hope justice will be served.