When an accident occurs between a vehicle and a pedestrian, it can sometimes be difficult to determine who is responsible. A current case in Ohio took a turn for the worse recently for one Canton school bus driver. He has been arrested and charged following a fatal pedestrian accident. At one point, investigators had determined that there was no negligence on his part.
The accident occurred on Oct. 1 at approximately 4 p.m. The bus was making a turn at an intersection when the 70-year-old driver struck a 56-year-old man. The pedestrian later died from severe abdominal and head injuries. After state authorities completed their investigation, they stated that the bus driver could not possibly have seen the pedestrian before the accident occurred.
Recently, the City Prosecutor reviewed the report of the accident and asked a judge for probable cause. The judge then issued a warrant for the driver's arrest. He turned himself in and was later released on $1,000 bond while he awaits his court hearing. He now faces misdemeanor charges of vehicular homicide, failing to yield to a pedestrian and vehicular manslaughter.
The outcome of this case may be very important to the family of the decedent, should they decide to pursue a wrongful death claim against the Ohio bus driver. If he is ultimately found to have acted in a negligent manner that led to the pedestrian accident, they may be able to seek compensation for final expenses, pain and suffering. While making a claim may not ease the pain of their tragic loss, it may offer them some closure as they try to move forward.
Source: CantonRep.com, Canton school bus driver charged in pedestrian fatality, Lori Monsewicz, Nov. 21, 2013