Lawsuit filed for death of skateboarder

Skateboarding led to an unexpected turn of events causing the death of 16-year-old last year in Norton, Ohio. His mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district and the driver of the bus that struck the teenager.

The victim, a Norton High School sophomore, was skateboarding on his RipStik, two-wheeled skateboard in a school driveway near Norton Cornerstone Elementary school on Sept. 14, 2016. He tripped and fell off his skateboard and landed under the bus, according to witnesses. The vehicle was reportedly filled with students.

The victim suffered severe head trauma, and authorities pronounced him dead at the scene of the accident. After its investigation, the Norton Police Department concluded that criminal charges should not be filed against the bus driver.

But, the victim's mother held the school district and its driver liable for this accident. As a result, they filed this cause of action in Summit County on Sept. 14. She alleged that the bus driver was negligent.

According to the lawsuit, the teenager fell off his skateboard and onto the road. The bus driver did not stop at the stop line when the bus approached the stop sign, and she did not permit the skateboarder to cross Greenwich Road.

The plaintiff claimed that the bus driver turned right onto Greenwich Road and dragged the skateboarder, who was in the undercarriage of the bus. The bus caused his death by running over him and crushing him.

The complaint charges that the school district did not properly train its bus driver. The victim's mother is seeking compensatory damages, attorney fees and other appropriate relief.

Families of victims who suffer a fatal accident may be entitle to compensation to help make up the financial consequences of this tragic loss. An attorney can help gather evidence through an independent investigation, where the accident was caused by negligence or recklessness.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal, "Mother files suit against Norton district and bus driver in death of teen son," Stephanie Warsmith, Sept. 15, 2017

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