Family Sues Moving Company Over Crash

Crash Tied To Ewa Villages

POSTED: 4:16 p.m. HST October 8, 2002

UPDATED: 4:42 p.m. HST October 8, 2002

HONOLULU -- The family of a Kunia woman who's been unconscious since an auto accident four months ago has sued a moving company, claiming a piece of equipment from one of its trucks struck her.

This case also has a tie to the city's notorious Ewa Villages project.

Kathy Mueller, 36, has two sons, Kelby, 4, and 3-month-old Parker.

On June 10, she was driving south on Kunia Road when a piece of welding equipment fell off a moving truck, the family attorney said.

"It struck Kathy's car traveling in the opposite direction. It went through the windshield, and bent the steering wheel, and eventually struck Kathy's head," attorney Wayne Kekina said.

Mueller suffered massive head injuries and had four surgeries at Queens Medical Center in June. The kids, who were in child restraint seats in the back of the car, were not hurt.

Two months later, Mueller was transferred to Maluhia Hospital, where she remains in a coma, and under 24-hour nursing care.

The family has sued American Movers, saying that a hydraulic jack head fell off one of its moving trucks.

"The metal object was improperly loaded and or secured on the American Mover's truck, causing it to fall onto Kunia Road," Kekina said.

Mueller's husband has racked up $350,000 in medical bills so far and he's suing American Movers for those expenses and other damages.

Here is the Ewa Villages connection to the case: the family lawyer said the truck was moving equipment from the last commercial tenant the city relocated from Ewa Villages at the time of the crash.

A spokesman for American Movers Inc. did not return phone calls for comment on this story.