Many parents in Philadelphia rely on the bus to take their children to school. And while it may be nerve-racking those first few days watching a child get on a school bus, parents tend to get used to the idea that their child is growing up and that taking the bus is just a normal way to get to school.
These parents are essentially putting their trust in the bus driver — and other drivers on the road — that their child will get to school safely. This is why it can be especially traumatic to learn of a child being injured in a school bus accident.
On Friday, five children were injured in a school bus accident in North Philadelphia. According to the police report, the accident was caused by a driver running a stop sign. After hitting the bus, the driver ran from the scene on foot.
In total, there were 18 children on the bus. Those who were injured ranged between the ages of 5 and 12. They were all transported to St. Christopher’s Hospital.
The school bus driver was also taken to the hospital after the accident, as was the passenger in the car that hit the bus. This passenger stayed behind, trapped in the car, after the driver fled the scene on foot.
In looking at an accident such as this one, where the driver flees the scene, one has to wonder why the driver did not stick around to see what would happen or to see if the children were OK. Was the driver under the influence? Did the driver not have a driver’s license? Just why would someone run?
It should also be noted that just because a driver flees the scene of an accident, it does not mean that driver will not be later apprehended. Not only could this result in criminal consequences, but the parents of those hurt may also want to file lawsuits.
Source: CBS Philly, “UPDATE: 5 Children Injured In North Philadelphia School Bus Accident,” Oct. 11, 2013