The family of a woman struck and killed by a tour bus near Ala Moana Center has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
On February 23rd, police said Jui Ching-Hu was crossing Mahukona Street in a marked crosswalk when Vao Tauanuu turned the corner and hit her.
She died instantly. It was her 65th birthday.
The lawsuit, filed April 6, claims Tauanuu and Travel Plaza Transportation (TPT), the company that owns the bus, "disregarded the safety of others, and operated the bus in a dangerous, reckless and unsafe manner."
"A woman has died," said Michael Cruise, attorney for the Hu family. "A family has lost a wife and a mom and they have real concerns that this company does not take public safety seriously."
TPT said the 51-year-old driver had no prior incidents on his record, but the lawsuit claims Tauanuu was previously cited for speeding and running a stop sign in the last two years. Both cases were dismissed in court.
"It's a real concern that they'd have a guy who has gotten these kinds of tickets, even if he got off, that are dangerous things to do on the road then put him behind the wheel of a gigantic bus," said Cruise.