Family of ‘Sammy’ Mwarey sues police department, cop

GoFundMe photo Samuel Mwarey with a canine friend in an undated photo.

A memorial for Sam Mwarey, a 16-year-old junior at Hilo High School, is full of photos and mementos from loved ones on Feb. 16 on Kapiolani Street in Hilo, the day he was laid to rest. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

The family of a 16-year-old Hilo High School junior who died after being struck as a pedestrian by an on-duty Hawaii Police Department officer driving a blue-and-white police cruiser is suing the department and the officer.