Last year a man fell from a party bus on to California's 101 Freeway. Recently, a grand jury indicted the owner of the bus company on charges of vehicular manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. The grand jury went on to say the owner was negligent in the motor vehicle accident for failing to maintain the bus.
In fact, the California Highway Patrol determined that the bus had many mechanical issues and should not even have been in use at the time of the accident. However, the owner allegedly continued to use the bus knowing it was unsafe. Reportedly, the 24-year-old victim fell onto the bus' door. It is believed the door was improperly functioning and opened. The victim then fell to his death.
Two of his friends aboard the bus attempted to save him from falling out of the bus, but were unsuccessful. The rear tires of the bus ran over him along with other vehicles that were unable to avoid his tumbling body. The owner denied the door malfunctioned and proposed different theories on what happened. He first said that a passenger could have mistakenly hit the emergency release causing the door to open. The then said someone pushed him into the door, opened it allowing the victim to fall out and then told the driver that the door malfunctioned.
Not surprisingly, these theories angered the man's friends. His parents have filed a wrongful death suit against both the owner and the driver of the bus in connection with this tragic motor vehicle accident. The report generated by the California Highway Patrol may provide the evidence of negligence required to have an award for damages considered by the court.
Source: Los Angeles Times, CHP recommends murder charge in party bus accident, Ruben Vives, Feb. 27, 2014