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Car accidents: Bus driver sentenced in fatal wreck

Colorado readers will likely remember news coverage of a fatal pedestrian accident in which a woman was struck and killed by a school bus. The incident took place last fall, and made headlines across the state as one of the more tragic car accidents to take place in recent years. The man accused of hitting and killing the woman has recently appeared in court to enter a guilty plea to the charges against him.

The accident happened as a 70-year-old woman was walking across a road. The 37-year-old bus driver did not see the pedestrian, and struck her. She died two days later, while still hospitalized.

Police have determined that the man was not impaired by drug or alcohol use at the time of the crash. However, they also assert that he was not adequately aware of his surroundings at the time. There were no children on board the bus, which was heading back to the Transportation Center when the accident took place.

The man was recently sentenced to 30 days in a Colorado jail, although 20 days were suspended and the remaining 10 can be served by means of the county's workender/midweek program. He will also lose his driving privilege for two years and be placed on probation for 24 months, which is standard for car accidents resulting in a Class 1 misdemeanor offense. For the family of the woman killed in this crash, this sentence may leave them feeling that justice has not been served in the matter. Should they decide to move forward with a wrongful death suit against the driver, the outcome could help them gain closure and recover financial losses associated with the death of their loved one.

Source: Reporterherald.com, "Thompson School District bus driver in fatal Loveland accident sentenced," Jessica Maher, Feb. 4, 2013

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