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School Bus Acident

We have a case where we represent a ten year old who was exiting his school bus and while crossing the street a car that was behind the bus, crossed the double yellow lines, drove around the bus, passed the blinking red lights, and collided with our client. Luckily, our client suffered severe but not life threatening injuries. He broke a bone in his foot when the wheels of the car ran over him. Every time I think of that case and that driver, who was subsequently arrested and is now serving jail time, it makes my blood boil. When you think of school buses, you think of cute little kids. How could one ever consider causing them harm? and then, yesterday, there was another school bus accident. And, this time, it was a school bus driver who was apparently at fault. The bus driver allegedly ran a stop sign! That's unbelievable! The Journal News reports As follows:
Three traffic violations were issued to a private school bus driver who allegedly ran a stop sign and crashed into an East Ramapo school district mini bus, police said Wednesday.The three elementary school children on the bus who attend New Square's Yeshiva Avir Yakov were not hurt in the crash, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday, when many public and private school buses are on the roads carrying students.The mini-bus driver, 68, suffered non-life threatening injuries to her upper body, police said. No students were on her bus.Lt. Charles Schnaars said officers issued Moishe Eisenbach, 39, of New Square, summonses for failure to stop for a stop sign, reckless driving, and speed not reasonable and prudent.Eisenbach remained at the scene after the crash and there was no evidence of impairment, police said. The village speed limit is 30 miles per hour.Eisenbach drove the large yellow bus east on Church Street through a stop sign at the intersection of West Street, police said.The bus crashed into the smaller East Ramapo bus, headed south on West Street, and pushed the vehicle 40 feet into a telephone pole and into the fence of St. John the Baptist Church.An Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. crew repaired the damaged pole. No one lost power, O&R spokesman Michael Donovan said.
Again, to me, that's so unfathomable. And each time I hear a story like that, it makes angry that we don't criminalize such actions. A traffic violation is not enough. It should be a misdemeanor. How is it ok to run a stop sign? Running a stop sign should equal spending a weekend in Jail!

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