Nicole Ford’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. She’s one of four Lee High School students who died when their school bus crashed in November.
WAFF 48 News Investigator Jeanie Powell reporter.
The WAFF 48 News Investigators received a press release this afternoon from the office of Beasley Allen in Montgomery.
This wrongful death suit targets the bus company Laidlaw, the bus driver and the 17-year-old driver of the orange Celica.
There have been many questions still unanswered by many parties.
Anthony Scott, the bus driver, was not wearing a seatbelt, which was according to this suit provided by Laidlaw. If he was, would he have been able to control the bus from plunging off the interstate?
Something else mentioned was the issue of seatbelts for the passengers. They’re required for the drivers, why not for the students?
The 17-year-old Celica driver is also mentioned in the suit. The suit doesn’t elaborate on any specific fault of the driver. His attorney tells WAFF 48 he is not surprised that his client was named.
Jeanie Powell put in a call to his attorney, but her call was not immediately returned. We contacted the bus driver’s family; they say he couldn’t come to the phone.
WAFF 48 did speak with Nicole Ford’s father, Calvin Fletcher, but he told us he was not comfortable commenting and directed us to his attorneys.
We spoke with one of the law firms representing Fletcher this afternoon.
“We have clear liability, [the] manufacturer of the bus,” says Attorney Jere Beasley. He says the safety of the children riding the school bus must be a top priority.
“It’s really a national issue because we have been contacted by people all across the country, a lot of groups that deal specifically with school children. We think it’s going to get a great deal of national attention. It will get a lot of attention in our court system but also the legislature.”
The WAFF 48 Investigators contacted a Laidlaw representative. They hadn’t even heard about the lawsuit until we called them. The person we spoke to said she was unaware of any actions being taken.