Wrongful death suit moves forward in federal court

Former Hawaii County police officer Jody Buddemeyer addresses the court as the widow and two sons of Jeffrey Surnow, who was killed in a 2015 crash involving Buddemeyer, pictured far right, await a sentencing Nov. 30 by 3rd Circuit Court Judge Melvin Fujino. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — A wrongful death lawsuit against a former Hawaii County police officer is moving forward with a trial scheduled in federal court in June.