A 27-year-old pregnant woman was struck and killed by a school bus in Northeast Philadelphia in October of 2013. Her father filed a wrongful death claim against the bus company Durham School Services which was settled for $1.15 million on May 19, 2016. The settlement was reached after several days of mediation.
The woman was walking across Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia’s Mayfair neighborhood when the bus struck her. A trainee who was engaged in a teaching technique that required her to describe her surroundings to her trainer as she drove was driving the school bus. Video footage of the bus accident and expert testimony were instrumental in determining that the trainee-driver was distracted at the time of the collision. The defense argued that the woman was jaywalking in an unmarked crosswalk, distracted by her cell phone, and sedated by drugs found in her system, including methadone. The plaintiff contended that any sedative effects of the drugs was purely speculative, and that the woman was clearly visible to the bus driver who failed to take evasive action.
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