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Negligent homicide charges for bus driver in Louisiana crash

Authorities have yet to identify who chartered the bus that caused the Aug. 28 fatal wreck on Interstate 10. The crash investigation continues, but the driver, who was an unlicensed and undocumented immigrant from Honduras, has been charged with negligent homicide, reckless operation and driving without a license. Two people died, and dozens have gone to area hospitals with injuries ranging from moderate to critical.

A representative from the state police said that the bus carried workers destined for Baton Rouge to perform flood cleanup. The crash happened near LaPlace at the scene of a minor accident on the interstate already attended by police and firefighters. A state trooper said that the bus lost control when it approached the accident scene, hit a fire truck, went across the right lane and crashed into more vehicles before striking three firefighters. Among these firefighters was the St. John the Baptist Parish Fire District Chief. He died later at the hospital.

The second victim was a 21-year-old backseat passenger in a Camry. Three other people in the Camry required transport to hospitals. The bus also struck a Silverado and injured its five passengers. At least two dozen people on the bus suffered injuries.

Someone involved in a severe wreck caused by a negligent driver might seek compensation for injuries with a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney could document evidence of negligence for a court. A settlement might be sought through negotiations with an insurance company. If the case goes to court, then the attorney might also attempt to claim the personal assets of the negligent driver to compensate the injured person for medical bills.

Source: KTLA, "Unlicensed Driver Behind Wheel in Louisiana Bus Crash That Killed 2, Including Fire Chief: Police," August 28, 2016

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