Friends use Facebook to remember Wilmington native killed in Hawaii
Around 7:30 a.m., 20-year-old Brody Winslow was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Kinoole and Ohea Streets. A 2005 Toyota Tacoma struck Winslow then hit and severed a utility pole.
The driver of the truck, 40-year-old Alison E. Taylor of Volcano, then fled the scene and was later pulled over by an off-duty police officer.
Winslow was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:16 a.m.
Investigators are waiting on an autopsy report to determine the exact cause of death, but Taylor was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, accident involving death or serious injury, driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to render air and driving with a suspended license.
She is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while Traffic Enforcement Unit officers continue their investigation, according to the Hawaii Police Department.
Winslow was a former student at Hawaii Community College, Hoggard High School and New Hanover High School. He graduated from Mosley Performance Learning Center in June 2011.
"He was a very nice young man, always very polite and respectful, and extremely intelligent. His goal was to go to Hawaii to attend the community college there," said Jill Larson, a counselor at Mosley Performance Learning Center in Wilmington.
Winslow, who wore the No. 12 jersey, was on the 2009 soccer team at New Hanover High that went to the state championship. He was remembered most for his sense of humor, though.
"His laughter, jokes and facial expressions were something that made a memorable impression on everyone he met," said Micah Tootoo. "It's a tremendous loss for those who knew him best and even those of who were only acquaintances."
Several friends in Wilmington are remembering Winslow with words of encouragement on Facebook.
Robert Little described Winslow as one of the "most unique, compassionate, carefree, happy-go-lucky, crazy, funny and diverse" people he has ever known. "He never cared about what anyone else thought about him, which made him all the more likeable. There will never be another one like you," Little wrote on Facebook.
Several other friends posted about Winslow's humor and his light-hearted spirit.
"RIP Brody. You kept us all laughing and smiling every day," Claire Loeser posted. Kristen Gunnel, another friend, wrote, "You will be missed. You were such a great friend and one of the funniest people I've ever known. We all love you."
Alyesha Grady publicly thanked Winslow on her Facebook page for all the times he made her laugh. "You were an amazing person who will be missed dearly. Rest in peace."
Friends described Winslow as caring and open-minded. "You accepted everyone for who they are and always kept it real," Lee Marshall wrote on the social media site.
According to Winslow's parents, Heidi and Tim Winslow, the young man was planning to come back to Wrightsville Beach for the summer. He loved being by the water and wanted to be a lifeguard. They said he was going to school for psychology and loved playing the guitar.
Tim Winslow released the following statement to WECT: "The only thing I would want said is that we love and miss Brody immeasurably. We appreciate all the support and prayers from the community."
While a specific date has not yet been finalized, Winslow's parents said a memorial service will be held for their son at Wrightsville Beach in the next few days.
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