Truck driver not charged in Pali death
What ever happened in the case of the runaway dump truck on Pali Highway in which a woman was killed in 2003?
Answer: The city Prosecutor's Office declined to pursue the case against the driver, Edmond Schuman.
Schuman had been arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide in the Dec. 23, 2003, accident that killed 54-year-old Huong Truong of Palama.
Truong was the mother of 11 children and the passenger in a Mazda van driven by her husband when the town-bound triple-axle dump truck crossed the Kailua-bound lanes of Pali Highway and collided head-on with it.
Schuman was driving the dilapidated dump truck belonging to Rick's Heavy Equipment when it veered up a grass embankment, hit a utility pole and overturned, spilling its load of rock and gravel, and struck a 2004 Lexus, according to police.
The company's president was Rick J. Martin.
According to Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs records, the company was involuntarily dissolved Dec. 9.
Martin, however, continues to operate under the registered business name of Martins Farm Inc., of which he is president, according to DCCA records. Its stated purpose is trucking, hauling and roll-off container services.
Martin does work under the names Martin's Demolition, Martin's Farm and Martin's Rolloff, listed separately in the telephone directory.
Truong's family filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court against Martin, Rick's Heavy Equipment and Schuman, among others.
The case is ongoing and depositions are being taken, said Martin's attorney, Michael Green.
This update was written by Star-Bulletin reporter Leila Fujimori.
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