A 6-year-old boy was run over and killed by his school bus last January. The family is now suing the bus company, the Waterford School District, and the substitute driver who was behind the wheel for wrongful death.
According to True Jersey (NJ.com), Edmond Bock IV was a first grader at Atco Elementary School last year.
A civil complaint filed by his parents stated that the bus stop assigned to Edmond did not require him to cross the street; however, the substitute bus driver accidentally missed the turn ordinarily taken to get to Edmond’s stop on the morning of January 6, 2014.
With the bus being on the wrong side of the street, Edmond had to cross in order to board. After crossing the street, the boy then walked in front of the stopped bus “in accordance with previously provided instructions from Waterford,” the suit claims.
Without realizing that Edmond was even there, the driver began to drive forward dragging him under the bus and crushing his skull. He continued driving down the street, despite the yells and screams of Edmond and his mother Candice.
After driving for some distance, the substitute driver (who has yet to be identified) was finally stopped by another driver leaving Edmond lying in the road
The Bock family is claiming that the bus driver, bus company, and the school district were careless due to the fact that the substitute driver was in a rush to make up about six minutes of lost time, which occurred from the wrong turn. They also claim he failed to comply with standard operating procedures due to fear of being behind schedule.
Robert Gold, an attorney representing the two entities, commented that as tragic as the incident was, there wasn’t any wrong doing on the part of Hillman or Waterford School District. He also said that the weather conditions on the morning of the accident were “deplorable.”
The Bock family is seeking damages on six counts including wrongful death and two counts of negligence. The family believes that Edmond’s was preventable, and that legislative and policy changes are imperative to avoid other such incidents from occurring in the future.