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Woman dies after struck by garbage truck near Downtown Honolulu

Published On: Mar 25 2013 09:38:00 AM HST

An elderly woman is dead after a garbage truck ran her over in Hawaii this morning. It happened just after 8 a.m. at the Queen Emma Garden Towers.

HONOLULU -

Police say a woman in her late 80s has died after she was hit by a garbage truck at the Queen Emma Gardens near Downtown Honolulu Monday morning.

It happened at around 8 a.m. at the complex near the intersection of the Pali Highway and Vineyard Boulevard.

A Rolloffs Hawaii truck was backing up in the parking lot when police say it hit the woman who was coming home from a morning walk.

"From what I was told, she lives here in the Prince Tower.  She's been living here for at least 30 years or so," said Lt. Bobby Towne of the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division.

The driver, who is in his 30s, does not face charges at this time.

Rolloffs Hawaii say the driver has been with the company for several years.  The driver will take a mandatory blood test, according to police and company policy.

Doug Asay, President of Rolloffs Hawaii, released the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected.  We take the safety of the public and our employees very seriously, and we are cooperating with the Honolulu Police Department to ensure it has all information that may be helpful in relation to this accident."

A representative from the company says the driver will be put on administrative leave while Rolloffs Hawaii investigates the incident.

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