A Nassau Inter-County Express bus slammed into the side of a house in Hempstead, killing a 5-year-old. Police say the bus driver was attempting to avoid hitting a pedestrian when he somehow ended up ramming the bus into the side of a house on East Fulton Avenue. There were at least nine other people injured in the New York auto accident.
The young boy was inside the house when the bus slammed through the wall of the front room. The boy ended up being pinned underneath the bus. He was taken to an area hospital, but medical personnel were not able to save him.
The current condition of the other people that were injured was not reported. It was also unknown which victims were from the house and which were from the bus. The bus company is cooperating with police and conducting its own investigation of the accident.
When the dust settles and the details of the auto accident are fully known, the driver of the bus as well as the Nassau Inter-County Express may find themselves defendants in a wrongful death action. The family of the little boy that died in this accident has the right to file a wrongful death action against the party or parties whose negligence is deemed to have proximately caused the child's death. There is no amount of compensation that can atone for the loss of such a young child under such tragic circumstances, but an award of monetary compensation may help the family recover the damages that inevitably occur in a fatal accident.
Source: The Guardian Express, "5-year-old boy pronounced dead after bus strikes Long Island house in Hempstead, NY." Nov. 28, 2012