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Family pursues lawsuit alleging Handi-Van neglect

HONOLULU (AP) - The family of a 70-year-old Oahu woman is pursuing a lawsuit against Oahu Transit Services claiming that the woman died from injuries suffered after a Handi-Van accident.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that a pretrial hearing is set for Monday before Circuit Judge Virginia Crandall.

Marylyn Robello was in a Handi-Van accident in Sept. 2012. Her wheelchair had not been secured and she wasn't wearing a seat belt.

She died in April 2013 after spending time in the hospital from a head injury and other ailments.

Robello's children, Kelli Keawe and Jaime Mahaulu, sued Oahu Transit Services, which manages TheBus and the Handi-Van fleet, alleging negligence and wrongful death on their mother's behalf.

President of the transit company, Roger Morton, says drivers have been trained to put safety first.

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