Request Legal Help Now - Free
LAWSUITS NEWS & LEGAL INFORMATION
Home Page >> News Articles >> Tragic School Bus Accident Kills Texas Teen

Tragic School Bus Accident Kills Texas Teen

. By
Richardson, TXFifteen-year-old Anquanette Patterson, a freshman at J.J. Pearce High School in the Richardson Independent School District, died last Wednesday morning after she jumped out of a moving school bus. Patterson was run over and killed at the scene, before she reached the hospital.

The bus driver, 73-year-old Eddie Farrell of Garland, had been transporting Patterson and her classmates to school that morning. According to an account published on 2/19/10 in the Dallas Morning News, two boys became embroiled in an altercation on the bus. The driver recognized one of the boys as one who had lost his bus privileges due to prior disciplinary issues.

Farrell ordered both boys off the bus. After they exited, Farrell closed the bus doors and resumed the trip. According to eyewitness reports, Patterson suddenly left her seat and ran to the front of the bus, demanding that the driver stop. Before the driver could react, Patterson pushed on the exit door until it opened, causing her to fall out of the moving bus. She was instantly run over and killed.

The Dallas Morning News report revealed that the school bus was new and that its one and only service check-up had occurred in December. The Morning News also noted that Farrell had seven years' experience as a bus driver.

School bus exits are designed to be properly secured when the vehicle is motion, but they are also designed to open in an emergency. That said, the doors do not open easily. A spokesperson with Dallas County Schools indicated that when the door is fully closed a metal guard on the handle must be moved in order for the door to be open.

It is not known if the metal guard was in place after the two boys exited the bus a few moments before. It is also not known if the Patterson had used the handle and had disarmed the guard before the door opened. An investigation will determine if the guard was working properly at the time of the tragic accident.

READ ABOUT TEXAS AUTO ACCIDENT LAWSUITS

Texas Auto Accident Legal Help

If you have suffered losses in this case, please send your complaint to a lawyer who will review your possible [Texas Auto Accident Lawsuit] at no cost or obligation.

ADD YOUR COMMENT ON THIS STORY

Fields marked * are mandatory. Please read our comment guidelines before posting.

*Name:

Note: Your name will be published with your comment.

*Email Address:

Your email will only be used if a response is needed.
*Your Comment:

Are you the defendant or a subject matter expert on this topic with an opposing viewpoint? We'd love to hear your comments here as well, or if you'd like to contact us for an interview please submit your details here.


Click to learn more about LawyersandSettlements.com
Request Legal Help Now! - Free