A 26-year-old Midlothian father was killed when his car and a school bus collided in Chesterfield, at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The accident happened just a few hundred feet from the victim’s home.
According to law enforcement reports, the victim was turning his Toyota Corolla left into the northbound lanes of Old Hundred Road when his vehicle was hit by the Chesterfield County school bus. The school bus, which had been traveling south on Old Hundred Road, smashed into the driver’s side of the vehicle, just as it was entering the Creekpointe Circle intersection. The Toyota become wedged underneath the bus, however, the impact was so strong both vehicles traveled some distance before coming to a stop.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Neither the four students on the school bus, who were being driven to the Center-Based Gifted Program at Greenfield, nor the school bus driver, received injuries from the crash. The bus driver has been driving school buses for the past 13 years, but told a local new reporter that he is so shaken by the accident he will be taking time off.
Statistics from Department of Motor Vehicles show that fatal school bus crashes are rare in the state of Virginia, revealing 26 fatal bus crashes over the past six years. All but two of the 29 victims who were killed in those crashes were either pedestrians or occupants of the other vehicles involved in the crash. The two school bus occupants who were killed in crashes were both school bus drivers.
Police continue to investigate the accident, and plan on using a camera and GPS which was installed in the school bus in order to reconstruct the accident scene.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by another driver, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have for your family’s pain and loss.