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Distracted school bus driver kills pedestrian in car accident

School buses are an important and trusted form of transportation in West Virginia. Parents trust the school bus system and its drivers with the care of their children and have the expectation that the school bus driver is a good and attentive driver. A recent accident involving a school bus did not place anyone on the bus in harm's way, but did cause injury to the pedestrian involved in the car accident.

The accident happened outside of West Virginia, but was caused by elements that could occur to any driver or pedestrian. The school bus, which was involved in the accident, was being operated by a substitute driver and not the regular school bus driver. The substitute school bus driver was driving the bus on an unfamiliar bus route when the pedestrian accident occurred.

The specific events that led to the pedestrian accident were not released, but the investigating police were able to view both the bus and a nearby store's surveillance tapes of the accident. The police did release a statement that the surveillance tapes showed that the substitute driver had some type of paper or reading material in her lap at the time of the accident. The pedestrian was a 75 year old man who was crossing the street when the accident occurred. The pedestrian died as a result of being hit by the school bus.

In addition to criminal charges, the substitute school bus driver could potentially face a wrongful death charge from the victim's family. The family of a victim of a catastrophic accident may be entitled to damages as a result of the victim's wrongful death.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Galveston bus driver charged in pedestrian death," July 27, 2012

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