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Crash Victim Leaves Behind Pregnant Wife

Corey Voss Corey Voss
Terry Travens, co-worker Terry Travens, co-worker
Robert Moore, chief operating officer at Roberts Hawaii. Robert Moore, chief operating officer at Roberts Hawaii.

by Minna Sugimoto 

(KHNL) - Friends and family are mourning the death of a Kahaluu man, who was killed in a head-on crash on Kamehameha Highway Monday. The victim, 41-year-old Corey Voss, died when a tour bus crashed into the SUV he was driving.

Things were going so well for Corey Voss. Co-workers say he had just accepted an assistant-manager position at a hotel. In addition, his wife is six-months pregnant with their first child, a girl they planned to name Ava.

A dependable worker and dedicated husband.

"He loved children," Terry Travens, victim's co-worker, said. "His family always came first."

Corey Voss was the man killed in the violent crash Monday. Co-workers say he was looking forward to becoming a father.

"He was about to open a new chapter in his life," Loren Pippin, Oahu Country Club's general manager, said through tears. "And we were all very happy for him."

The 41-year-old had gone surfing, and was only about a half-mile from reaching home when the crash happened. A Roberts Hawaii tour bus crossed the center line and slammed into his SUV. The bus then plowed into a home.

"Shortly after I started working here, we lost another close staff member to cancer," Pippin said through tears. "And so this is the second time for me."

Voss was the food and beverage manager at the Oahu Country Club. He helped put together the club's centennial celebration luau just a few days ago.

"He was always there for you to support you whenever you needed his support, not only in the work environment but also in a personal environment," Travens said.

Sources close to the investigation say the bus driver refused to make a statement to police about the crash, and refused to give a sample of his blood for alcohol and drug testing. Roberts Hawaii says it's conducting an internal investigation.

"Our drivers are subject to the rules and regulations of the federal and state departments of transportation regarding driving history, hours worked and drug testing," Robert Moore, the company's chief operating officer, said. "All of us at Roberts Hawaii are saddened by this tragic accident. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the Voss family."

Roberts Hawaii says it has more than 700 buses and vans on the road each day.

Officers arrested 49-year-old Steve Oshiro on suspicion of negligent homicide, then released him pending further investigation.

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