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Bus driver pleads not guilty after crash that killed a woman on her birthday

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Tour bus driver who allegedly struck and killed a woman on her 65th birthday pleaded not guilty this week. 

Vao Tauanuu faces charges of negligent homicide after a deadly crash near Ala Moana one year ago.

On Feb. 23, Tauanuu was behind the wheel of a Travel Plaza Transportation (TPT) tour bus when police say he allegedly struck Jui-Ching Hu.

She was in a cross walk at the time of the accident.

Hu's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit two months later.

When Hawaii News Now spoke to Hu's widow, he was heartbroken as he pointed out a Chinese calendar hanging on the wall in their home.

On the day of the accident, he read what was on the calendar. "Is it suitable to do something? Down below it says 'Nothing is good. Don't do anything.'" 

The driver in question, Tauanuu, had previous moving traffic violations, according to the lawsuit. He was previously cited for speeding and running a stop sign, but both cases were dismissed in court.

TPT's record was also spotty when it came to violations. 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration, the company received more than 50 violations between 2015 and 2017 for not properly maintaining its vehicles.

Tauanuu is free after posting $10,000 bail.

His trial is scheduled to start on June 25.

This story may be updated.

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