HONOLULU (KHNL) - Next month marks one year since a tour bus crash in Kahaluu killed a husband and father-to-be. Now, there's a development in the criminal case, as prosecutors seek an indictment from an Oahu grand jury.
A tour bus crosses the center line and demolishes an SUV, killing the smaller vehicle's driver, 41-year-old Corey Voss. Nearly a year later, friends say it still hurts.
"As time goes on, you know, time will heal all wounds," Loren Pippin, victim's former boss, said. "But there's certainly a, kind of a gaping hole here because of the nature of the tragedy."
Now comes movement in the case. An Oahu grand jury returns a manslaughter indictment against the tour bus driver, Steven Oshiro. Manslaughter is somewhat of a rarity in traffic cases.
"As a professional driver of an extremely heavy and dangerous vehicle on a two-lane highway, the suspect should have been held to a much higher standard of care," Vickie Kapp, deputy prosecutor, said.
As we reported earlier, this was the second crash that day for Oshiro, who celebrated his 49th birthday the day before. Roberts Hawaii says it later fired him after he refused to submit to a drug and alcohol analysis.
"His driving that afternoon was erratic," Kapp said. "The suspect should have known that he was unable to operate a vehicle safely."
Manslaughter is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
"Evidently, Mr. Oshiro made some bad choices that has led to his being charged," Pippin said. "And it will be up to a jury of his peers to determine his ultimate fate."