On Sept. 19, a Louisiana school bus driver was killed while walking to her bus to start her morning route. The 58-year-old woman was walking across the street near her home in Caddo Parish when she was struck by a Toyota Tercel that was traveling northbound on Mansfield Road.
Following the accident, the woman was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance. She succumbed to her injuries later that same day. It was unclear whether the decedent was in a crosswalk or otherwise had the right of way, and thus it was not immediately known whether the Toyota driver was negligent. It is also not known whether any charges have been filed against the motorist.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Traffic Safety Unit confirmed that it had started an investigation into the fatal pedestrian accident. These types of inquiries can often take a number of weeks, as investigators wait for the results of toxicology tests. If there is evidence that shows that a driver was intoxicated by alcohol or drugs before an accident, the driver could face criminal charges.
The family of a person who was killed in a pedestrian accident that was caused by a motorist who was speeding, distracted or otherwise negligent may want to meet with an attorney to discuss the advisability of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Such a lawsuit can be successful even if no criminal conviction is obtained, as the burden of proof on a plaintiff in a civil action is less stringent than that on the prosecution in a criminal trial.
Source: KTBS, "UPDATE: Caddo school bus driver dies after being hit by vehicle during morning commute," Sept. 19, 2016