Bad Bus Drivers Kill, Maim In Palm Beach County School District.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — There are some very bad bus drivers in the Palm Beach County School District. So bad that the School Board is prepared to approve roughly $700,000 in settlements to victims of four school bus crashes and one police car crash. Several proposed settlements are on the agenda for the Board’s February 23rd meeting.
Among them: 39-year-old Wideline Pierre. She was “rear-ended at a high rate of speed” by a school bus, causing significant damage to the victim and the school bus. Pierre, who suffered cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine injuries will receive $175,000 from the Palm Beach County School District.
15-year-old Natasha Dwyer was killed by a school bus in the area of Elmhurst Road and Haverhill Road in 2019. Her estate will receive $300,000 from the Palm Beach County School District.
Juliete Tissnes was rear-ended by a Palm Beach County School District bus. She sustained a spinal fracture at T4, left shoulder pain, and more. She will receive $75,000 from the school district.
Samuel Collins, 62, was hit by a school bus while he was riding his bike. He suffered respiratory failure, multiple fractured ribs, fractures of the T7, T8, T9, T10, L1, L2, L3 and L4 vertebrae, and other serious issues. He will receive $125,000 from the Palm Beach County School District.
Separately, a School Police Officer — responding to the report of a gun in a school — crashed head-on into another vehicle. Terry Williams suffered three fractured ribs, a concussion, loss of consciousness, loss of memory, headaches, dizziness and more. He will receive $80,000 from the Palm Beach County School District for the 2018 incident.
The payouts represent just a fraction of the medical expenses the victims incurred. In the case of Samuel Collins, the District was told that his injuries were so extensive that his medical bills exceeded $2M. It was not immediately clear if any of the bus drivers were fired as a result of these critical crashes.
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