Bissiah Hedges, a young child who attended school in Tuskegee, was killed when he was run over by a school bus on Oct. 26, 2015. The child was attempting to board the bus when his backpack got caught on a portion of the school bus and the contents of the backpack spilled on the street directly in front of the bus. As the child was bending down to gather his school supplies, the school bus started forward and ran over and killed him. We filed suit on behalf of Amanda B. Hartley, the mother of the child, in the Circuit Court for Macon County, Ala. Defendants in the case are IC Bus, LLC, Navistar Inc., Macon County School Board and the school bus driver.
The bus involved in this incident was defective and unreasonably dangerous since it did not incorporate available technologies that would have reduced or minimized the blind spots around the bus. The design chosen by IC Bus and Navistar was inadequate and ineffective and did not eliminate the blind spots. The design chosen did in fact contribute to cause the death of the minor child. Sadly, the child’s mother saw him being run over and watched him die. Greg Allen, LaBarron Boone and this writer, all from our firm, along with Darron Hendley, a Montgomery lawyer, represent the mother in this case.