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HPD urges public to pay tribute at Kapolei station, not roadway

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 6:57 p.m. HST, Sep 14, 2011

The Honolulu Police Department is urging the public to visit a memorial being set up at the Kapolei substation for Officer Eric Fontes instead of the narrow median along Farrington Highway where he was killed late Tuesday night.

A photo and other mementos are being set up at the Kapolei station, at 1100 Kamokila Blvd., which is open 24 hours a day, HPD officials said.

Fontes was killed when, during a routine traffic stop along the shoulder of the highway near Ko Olina, a car ran into Fontes and another police officer at the stop. Officer Herman “Sam” Scanlan was hospitalized but is expected to recover.

HPD officials said they are discouraging the public from going to the roadside site because visits there pose a traffic hazard.

After a roadside memorial was set up in 2006 along Kamehameha Highway in Hauula following a fatal crash, a person who had gone to pay respects was killed and others seriously injured the next day when a motorist ran into them at the roadside memorial.

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