“Wrongful Death” Lawsuit Filed Against Truck Driver In Fatal Indiana School Bus Accident
Marshall County, Indiana – The mother of a 13-year-old boy who was killed last week when a flatbed truck struck his school bus has filed a wrongful death suit against the truck driver.
13-year-old Owen Abbott was killed Wednesday, December 5, shortly after 9 a.m. along U.S. 31 at a railroad crossing near Argos. Investigators say the school bus Abbott was on had come to a stop and was beginning to accelerate when it was struck from the rear by a truck driven by 26-year-old Tylor Perry.
The suit alleges Perry is liable for Abbott’s death because Perry was “negligent” in the crash for “failing to obey the bus stop arm” and for “failing to maintain control of his vehicle.”
Another student, 14-year-old Zane Bell was also injured in the crash, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. 22 students in all were treated at local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.
Following the accident Indiana State Police Sgt. Ted Bohner said that weather was not believed to be a contributing factor. Authorities have not yet made a determination whether to file charges against Perry.
The 8th grade students on-board the Winamac Community Middle School Bus were on their way to see a production of “Elf The Musical” in Warsaw.
Video courtesy of wishtv.com.
Investigation Into Fatal Indiana Truck/School Bus Crash Uncovers New Details, 13-Year-Old Victim Identified