Family Mourns Woman Killed In Trolley Crash

Published On: Jun 27 2011 09:35:22 PM HST   Updated On: Jun 28 2011 09:01:00 PM HST

A 76-year-old woman killed after she was struck by a tour trolley has been identified as a Honolulu grandmother who worked as a Japanese tour guide.

Setsuko Furuya was hit on Royal Hawaiian Avenue near Lauula Street about 7:35 p.m.

She stepped in front of the path of an Oli Oli tour trolley in a marked crosswalk, a witness told KITV4 News.

Paramedics treated the woman and took her to Queen's Medical Center, where she died.

On Tuesday, two of Furuya's grandchildren laid flowers and a photo in a makeshift memorial at the scene where she was struck.

Furuya was a tour guide and had just dropped off a group when she tried to cross the street, her family said.

At the Furuya's Aina Koa home today, her 86-year-old husband Ben Furuya wiped away tears as he remembered his wife.

"She's always happy," he said.

A vibrant woman who still worked as a Japanese tour guide for several companies including Metro Guide Service and Alii Catamarans, she also taught Japanese folk dancing to friends.

"She taught me dance. She's a good teacher. She had a lot of patience to teach them, you know," said Eiko Fu, her friend for more than 30 years.

They performed together at Ala Moana Center and other venues.

"Suzy" as friends called her, loved to knit. Her home is filled with her creations, from tissue box holders to towel hangers.

"I call super woman," said Fu. "She's a very active woman and she like to help, take care of other people."

E Noa Corporation runs the Oli Oli trolley for JTB.

"We would like to send our deepest condolences to her family," said Ron Darmawan, general manager of E Noa Corporation, in written statement.

He declined to release the background of the 52-year-old driver involved in the fatal crash, including how long he'd been driving for the company.

"We have always viewed safety as the largest and most important part of our operations in Hawaii," Darmawan said.

People who work along the crowded Waikiki street said the lighting at the crosswalk is very dim, which they said could have contributed to the fatal crash that took Furuya's life Monday night.

Honolulu police are investigating.

It's Oahu's 25 traffic fatality of the year, compared to 29 at the same time last year.

(Brent Suyama contributed to this report)


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