Louisiana school children waiting to board their bus most likely have many things on their minds before the school day begins. It is doubtful if they worry about being involved in a serious car accident. However, three of those children may have a difficult time forgetting their terrifying experience.
The accident happened on a recent May morning as three children, ages 6, 7, and 8, were just attempting to make their way across a street to board their bus. A 38-year-old woman who was driving in the travel lane opposite of the stopped school bus is alleged to have been trying to avoid stopping and allowing the passengers to safely board. Traffic cameras at the site have recorded her driving her car directly into the young victims.
All of the children were transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment. One child has reportedly been released from doctors' care, but some of the victims were seriously injured, according to one parent. The driver believed to be responsible was found a short time later, after she had tried to flee the accident scene. According to officials, she was found outside of her vehicle with an alcoholic drink container in her possession. Police reportedly were unsure as to whether she had been imbibing at the time of the collision.
This woman has so far been charged with leaving the scene of a car accident with injury, along with charges related to drinking in public. The children who have been hurt as a result of this driver's actions may have a long physical recovery ahead of them, and it could be years before they are able to get over the emotional trauma they have may possibly suffered as well. Even though this driver has had criminal charges filed against her by the Louisiana officials, the parents of the victims may seek to file personal injury civil suits as well. Successful litigations against the party deemed liable for this accident could ensure that the burden of medical expenses would not serve to compound the pain these parents may be experiencing at seeing their children hurt in such a callous and reckless manner.
Source: Wicked Local Orleans, "Driver of car who plowed into school kids identified, police say", Benjamin Paulin, May 15, 2014