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A woman was fatally struck in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota by a school bus on December 16th, 2020 in what appears to be a hit and run accident. The driver of the school bus has now been arrested by the authorities.
Police believe that the driver did not stop at the scene to help the victim who later succumbed to her injuries at accident site.
The Victim Was Already Dead
According to the Brooklyn Park Police Department officers responded at 6:49 am to the intersection of Meadowwood Drive and Humboldt Avenue on a report of a person living down the street.
The woman appeared to be struck by a large vehicle when the first responders arrived. However, the victim had already died from her injuries before officers’ arrived on the scene. The school bus accident is currently under investigation.
School Bus Located
Detectives located the school bus involved in the hit and run case according to a statement released by the Brooklyn Park Police Department. They did not say anything about the man arrested on charges of criminal vehicular homicide on March 17th, 2020.
The victim has yet to be identified and police are requesting anyone with information to come forward. The case is being handled by Brooklyn Park PD, the Minnesota State Patrol and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. No other information has been released yet.
Bus Accident Victims’ Rights Protected Under Minnesota Law
An estimated number of 300 fatal bus crashes occur annually as per a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study. This is because of an increase in the use of buses as the go-to mode of transportation, including charter buses, commuter and metro buses, and school buses.
This is also because of the volume of passengers using commercial common carriers like Capitol Trailways, Greyhound bus, Peter Pan Bus Lines and others. Victims may have a claim against the bus company or another entity. A reliable passenger bus accident attorney is required to ascertain the validity of the claim.
Claims are usually made with governmental entities for public transportation systems. This requires the expertise of passenger bus accident lawyers to draw up a lawsuit since these can be especially complex. They also have strict time limitations and tend to depend greatly on surrounding bus accident circumstances.
The size, velocity, and weight of buses can result in catastrophic injuries, including TBI, broken bones, concussions, severe burns, back pains, and paralysis among others. It’s essential to file a claim to cover the extensive medical costs resulting from a bus accident.