A Prince George's County school bus crashed and ran over a child near High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland Monday morning. The school bus driver was handcuffed, arrested, and charged with numerous charges, including: child endangerment, negligent driving, reckless endangerment, leaving a child unattended, leaving an unattended vehicle, and leaving a vehicle on a grade without turning wheels to the curb. The bus struck the child while the bus driver was out of the bus. Another child on the bus also suffered injuries.
Police report that the 8 year old child was pinned under the bus and taken to the hospital. A student on the bus complained of a leg injury and was also transported to the hospital. The parents of the child injured on the bus stated it was a miracle the child was not more seriously hurt.
The police investigation indicates that the bus rolled into the child after it was left unattended by the bus driver. The driver told the police he stopped at High Point High School to use the bathroom. Needless to say, the incident has caused great distress to those injured and those on the bus, not to mention the parents and students who use public school buseseach day to go to school.
School bus operators are required to use the highest degree of care when operating buses. We hope the driver's negligence will not lead to permanent injuries for the students who were hurt. Our thoughts are with those injured in the crash.
The lawyers at Clark and Steinhorn have experience with both both school bus and metro bus crashes. If you or a loved one needs information about school bus crashes, or any other type of vehicular crash, call the lawyers at Clark and Steinhorn for a free legal consultation. We will inform you of your rights and we will protect your rights.