SALT LAKE CITY -- The parents of a 20-year-old Japanese man killed in a southern Utah tour bus crash have filed a personal injury lawsuit against the bus driver and several travel companies.
Attorneys for Hideo and Akemi Hayase filed the lawsuit in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court on Monday. Their son, Hiroki, and two others died Aug. 9, 2010, when the bus rolled on Interstate 15 near Cedar City, about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Eleven other tourists, including the Hayases and their daughter were also injured in the crash. Akemi Hayase's injuries left her a paraplegic, according to the lawsuit.
The family's attorney, David Jordan, declined to comment on the lawsuit beyond what is included in court papers, which state the family was on its "dream vacation" to the U.S.
The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and unspecified financial damages, for the Hayase family's pain, suffering, past and future medical expenses, funeral expenses for their son and other damages.
It contends that bus driver Yasushi Mikuni, the Utah-based travel companies Canyon Transportation and Western Leisure Inc., and two Japanese tourism companies were negligent and failed to ensure the safety of travelers.