Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled in St. Joseph, MO Bus Accident
A St. Joseph, MO mother received a closure to some degree when an out-of-court settlement was reached with a school bus company accused of killing her son. The lawsuit alleged that the bus driver was negligent and driving too fast. It also claimed that she failed to yield to a pedestrian, and that the bus company hired an unqualified driver.
The case was settled for $5 million.
After the settlement was reached, a video of the morning accident was released. It shows the bus with foggy and icy windows. Before a bus driver can begin his/her route, a pre-trip inspection is required which normally take 8 to 10 minutes. This November morning, the bus driver completed her inspection in approximately 30 seconds. Allegedly, she was running late and did not take the time to scrape the windshield. With her vision possibly impaired by the fog and ice, the bus driver began her route. She hit the 16-year-old while he was in a crosswalk on his way to school.
The mother of the victim said she waited over a year for an apology and admission of fault. The bus company has also agreed to allow the woman to speak at driver trainings to instill in drivers that they cannot cut corners when driving these buses.
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