PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA – A jury heard opening statements last Wednesday in a civil trial that is seeking $30 million in damages. The incident sparking the suit was a bus crash that killed a 9-year-old boy. An attorney for the family of Aaron Beauchamp asked the jury, “What are you going to do about it?”
The crash occurred on March 26, 2012. The bus driver, Albert Hazen, was ultimately charged with failure to yield. The man was fined $1,000 and given a six-month license suspension. Lance Ivey, the attorney of record for the Beauchamp family, told jurors that Hazen gave conflicting statements during the investigation. The attorney also claims that the St. Lucie school system has a culture of adding routes and rushing bus drivers.
Allen Sang, attorney for the school district, said, “Hazen let the parents know he would be late, he wasn’t in a hurry. He pulls into the left hand turn lane and he began to make his turn. Why Mr. Hazen did not appreciate the truck coming would be a problem for him, we may never know.”
Sang also said that the trucking company, Cypress Trucking, should bear some of the responsibility for the accident as well.
The jury was privy to a video of the crash thanks to the four cameras inside of the bus. Each recorded a different view of the crash, one showing Hazen looking in the rearview mirror and not at the road.
The Beauchamp family settled with Cypress Trucking earlier this summer.
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