Family OfMan Killed Suing Drivers Employer
UPDATED 2:16 AM HST Mar 16, 2012
''The family is very devastated and taking it one day at a time," said attorney Wayne Kekina.
Last May, 22-year-old University of Hawaii at Hilo student Ted Braxton was riding his moped on Hualalai street when 41-year-old Keola Kailianu, driving his company's armored vehicle, turned left and directly into Braxton.
"After the collision, the armored van dragged Ted about 100 feet, then with the moped still wedged underneath the van, the van continued another two miles to Mr. Kailianu's residence," said Kekina.
Kailianu's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.
Hawaii County Deputy Prosecutor Mitch Roth has this to say, "He left bar, went home and claimed through his attorney that he didn't realize he had hit anybody."
In Kailianu's driveway that night was the van, belonging to CR Dispatch Service in Kalihi, with Braxton's moped still wedged under it.
Now, that company is under fire.
"CR Dispatch failed to exercise reasonable care in monitoring its employees' use of the armored van through the vans GPS system and other means," said Kekina.
In January, Kailianu was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Braxton family's lawsuit names Kailianu, CR Dispatch, and leaves the door open for other claims.
Roth has a theory on who should be in trouble too, for letting a very drunk man get behind the wheel.
"Here's a guy going to prison for making a stupid mistake. I'm surprised that the bar is not being held responsible," Roth said.
CR Dispatch Service has been around for nearly 50 years.
It has been an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau since 1993.
The BBB shows no complaints against the company.
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