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Accident between school bus and pickup kills pedestrian

A crash in the vicinity of the Ohio Statehouse injured three people and killed a pedestrian on Dec. 12. Although no children were injured, the school was providing counseling to the schoolchildren.

The accident happened at about 10 a.m. when a pickup, heading westbound on Broad Street, went through a traffic signal at the intersection of Broad and North High Streets without stopping and hit a school bus, which was forced onto the sidewalk. Two pedestrians were hit by the bus. One, a student at Ohio State University, 21, died at the scene. The other, an engineer, 58, was critically injured in the crash. The pickup driver, 61, and a passenger, 51, were transported to the hospital. The passenger suffered serious injuries while the driver was said to be stable on Dec. 12.

According to witnesses, the pickup had a flat tire and was traveling up to 50 mph on Broad prior to the accident. Another witness said the pickup was changing lanes at high speed and passing other vehicles. A short distance away, the driver was riding on the rim of the vehicle and dug into the pavement. Surveillance cameras were able to record the crash, and police were reviewing additional videos.

Drivers are obligated to maintain their vehicles, and checking tires and brakes routinely is important to avoid unsafe handling of a vehicle. Failing to do this may result in a fatal car accident. If this was caused by negligence on the part of the driver or faulty equipment was involved, the negligent or liable parties may be held accountable for the financial harm the decedent's death caused. The family of the decedent may consult an attorney to help determine why the accident happened using crash reports and witness accounts to prepare a wrongful death suit. Source: WBNS, 'OSU Student Identified As Victim In Fatal School Bus, Pick-Up Truck Crash," Dec. 12, 2014

Source: WLWT, "School bus, truck collide near Ohio Statehouse", December 12, 2014

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