According to the New York Times, an 8-month-old girl was killed in West New York, N.J. last month after a bus struck a lamppost, causing it to fall on the infant’s carriage.
The tragic accident occurred while the bus driver was allegedly using a cellphone. According to the Times, the victim, Angelie Paredes, and her mother, Maylin Paredes, were waiting at a bus stop at John F. Kennedy Boulevard East and 54th Street on July 30, around 12:45 p.m., when a the bus driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road. The bus struck four cars and hit a pole that fell on the baby carriage.
“The pole fell on the carriage, crushing the baby,” Sheriff Frank X. Schillari of the Hudson County sheriff’s office told the Times. “It’s a terrible tragedy.”
The bus driver, Idowu Daramola, 48, of Thornwood, N.Y., was charged with death by auto, reckless driving and using a cell phone while operating a vehicle. Schillari told the Times that the “bus belonged to a shuttle company that takes commuters between New Jersey and New York.”
Distracted driving is a terrible habit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver each day in the United States.
People who witness terrible accidents resulting in death may have claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress. If you have experienced death in your family because of a negligent driver, contact us toll free at (800) 711-5258 to schedule a free initial consultation or complete the form on this page to let our skilled attorneys review your case.
KGG’s Corner: According to the CDC, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011.
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