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Injured woman sues truck driver, city

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POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 29, 2012 StarAdvertiser.com

For Wednesday, August 29, 2012

By Star-Advertiser staff and Associated Press

A 68-year-old Oahu woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Circuit Court against the city and a city garbage truck driver for injuries she suffered after a 58,000-pound city garbage truck ran over her right foot while she was crossing a street.

Paula Harris allegedly had the traffic and the pedestrian walk signal in her favor when she began crossing Vineyard Boulevard April 13 in the crosswalk from Queen Emma Street.

The driver of the garbage truck turned right from Queen Emma Street onto Vineyard, and allegedly failed to yield the right of way to Harris, the lawsuit says.

Harris, a principal of The Harris Co., a real estate consulting firm, is also suing the garbage truck driver, Travis Kamakele.

Harris suffered severe bodily injuries, and had to have her right foot amputated, as well as suffering severe emotional distress, mental anguish, permanent bodily and/or psychological injuries, alleges the complaint filed by her attorneys, Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks.

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