Bus Driver Faces Charges In Death Of Infant


Posted on 31st July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A bus driver, who allegedly was on a cellphone before a crash that killed an 8-month-old girl in West New York, N.J., was slated to be arraigned on death by auto charges Thursday, according to the The Star-Ledger of Newark.


Stories don’t much worse than this. On Tuesday afternoon Idowu Daramola, 48, was driving a bus on Kennedy Boulevard East. He dropped off some passengers, but then a witness said that the bus suddenly went out of control. The Ledger reported.

The bus, owned by Sphinx Transportation, hopped a curb and hit a lamppost, which then fell and crushed the infant, Angela Paredes, in her carriage. The bus then went on the strike a tree, another lamppost and a parked vehicle.

That created a domino effect, with three other parked cars then colliding. Four people from those cars were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries.

The infant was bleeding from her head, had no pulse and had stopped breathing, according to The Ledger, when West New York Police Officer Michael Stetson desperately gave her CPR. But Angela died on her way to a local hospital.

The baby’s mother, Maylin Hogo of North Bergen, was also taken to Jersey City Medical Center.

The horrible death prompted  U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, to call upon federal transportation authorities to investigate Sphinx Transportation and find out whether its drivers are being properly trained to safely transport passengers commuting to New York City through New Jersey communities.

“As a father, I can’t help but feel the tragedy of Angela Paredes’ death very personally – and my deepest sympathies and prayers are with her family, who can only be heartbroken at this painful time,” Menendez said in a statement.

“While the driver is facing criminal charges, I have my own questions about the company that employed him,” the senator said. “My staff has been in touch with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make sure they are assisting the state and local investigations.”

“We have been assured that FMCSA will be making a visit to the company soon and review all of their operations including their procedures to screen and train drivers,” Menendez said. “The people who walk along Boulevard East, and all people in New Jersey, deserve answers, and I am confident that local, state, and federal authorities working together will find those answers and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”

Arizona Tour Bus Flips Over In Flash Flood


Posted on 29th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A tour bus on its way to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon turned over during a flash flood in northern Arizona, according to KNXV-TV. None of the 33 people on the bus were hurt.


The accident took place Sunday north of Kingman, Ariz. That region of Arizona had endured two days of heavy rain, and the bus driver drove into a flooded wash, where the vehicle flipped on its side.


The accident is under investigation by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department to decide whether to make the driver of the C.H. Destination bus pay for EMTs who responded to the scene. Under state law, a driver who goes into a flooded area can be required to reimburse counties or towns that sent rescue crews to save him or her, KNXV-TV reported.

That law has been dubbed the “Stupid Motorist Law,” according to the TV station.

In Arizona, residents are often angered by the foolishness of motorists who ignore posted signs that warn about roads flooding in heavy rains. In the desert, a quick downpour can cause flash flooding in “washes” that are normally bone dry.

According to KNXV-TV, the bus company said that its driver wasn’t away of the flooding danger.

Church Bus Crash Kills Three In Indianapolis


Posted on 27th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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The bus was only about a mile away from returning home, and the trip ended in tragedy.

Three people were killed and at least 19 injured Saturday afternoon when a bus carrying a group of teens back from a Michigan camp to their Baptist church in Indianapolis rolled over, according to CNN.


The bus, which had 40 passengers, was left bus hanging over a concrete barrier. Horrifically, a young woman’s leg was pinned between the barrier and the teetering bus, CNN reported.

The driver claimed that the bus’s brakes didn’t work when he tried to make a left turn.

The scene of the crash was bloody, with luggage thrown all over the road.

Two of the victims were seriously hurt and were transported by helicopter to a hospital, according to CNN, while eight were driven to area hospitals. Nine others were treated at the accident scene and released.


Nine Hospitalized After Tampa Bus Crash


Posted on 19th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Nine people were injured Monday in Tampa, Fla., when a county bus and a car collided, according to the Tampa Bay Times.


Juan Washington, 48, was driving a Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus when he turned in front of a a Volvo driven by Johny Ngoc Giang, 20. The bus was traveling south on 56th Street and then turned into a park-and-ride, hitting Giang’s sedan.

The bus was thrown into a concrete sign, the Tampa Bay Times reported, which crashed in the driver’s area of the bus.  Responders got Giang out of his car by cutting off its roof.

Washington was cited for making an illegal left turn, the newspaper said.

The drivers of both vehicles were injured and hospitalized, as were seven bus passengers.

Fatal Texas Bus Crash To Go To Grand Jury


Posted on 4th July 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A casino bus crash that killed three people and injured dozens in Texas has prompted at least 13 lawsuits so far and a criminal investigation, according to the Associated Press.


The accident took place April 11 on a highway in Irving, Texas, when a bus operated by Cardinal Coach Line Inc. was taking a group of senior citizens from Dallas to a casino in Oklahoma. The bus was driven by Loyd Rieve. He and the  bus company have been named as defendants in more than a dozen negligence lawsuits filed in Dallas and Tarrant counties, AP reported.

Rieve was cited as at fault for the fatal crash in an initial report released just days after the accident, according to AP. And now the Texas Department of Public Safety has turned its file on the case over to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, which plans to present it to a grand jury.

In the initial report, according to AP, 65-year-old Rieve told officials he might have blacked out before the accident. He lost control of the bus, which then went off the highway, hit a concrete barrier and fell on its side.

The passengers killed in the crash were Sue “Casino Sue” Taylor, the 81-year-old who organized the trip; Alice Stanley, 82; and Paula Hahn, 69.

In 1998 Rieve was driving a bus that hit and killed a Good Samaritan who was helping at an accident scene near Dallas, AP said.  A grand jury cleared Rieve of any criminal charges, but two suits were filed over the death of Chad Rosell, 22, of Minnesota.

In the suit filed by Rosell’s family, a jury found Central West Motor Stages negligent for hiring Rieve, according to AP, but didn’t award damages, finding that Rosell was at fault for the accident that killed him.