February 7, 2012
A settlement has been reached in the wrongful death lawsuit surrounding the death of a 16-year-old St. Joseph, Missouri, boy who was run over by a bus while on his way to school. According to reports from KSDK 5 News, the bus company has agreed to pay the boy’s family $5 million in settlement.
The accident happened in November of 2010, at around 7:30 in the morning near the intersection of St. Joseph Avenue and Grand Avenue. The bus driver had failed to remove frost from the windows of the bus, giving her poor visibility.
It was because of the frost that the driver did not see the boy in a crosswalk on Grand Avenue when she struck him. He died at Heartland Regional Medical Center shortly afterwards.
The driver was subsequently charged with careless and imprudent driving. The 23-year-old woman was sentenced to two years of probation, 15 days of detention, and 200 hours of community service.
The family of the victim says the $5 million will be used to fund a bus driver-training program, as well as a scholarship and baseball field dedicated to the boy’s memory.
The Missouri Wrongful Death Attorneys with Cofman Townsley handles all kinds of personal injury cases all over the state of Missouri. If you have questions regarding your injury or death of a loved one, contact us today for a free initial consultation.
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