Last July we shared the story of a fatal pedestrian accident in which a UConn student was struck and killed by a campus shuttle bus. The 22-year-old student was crossing the street in a campus crosswalk when he was struck by the bus. Initial reports indicated that the bus driver may have been distracted as he was waving to another bus driver. The student who lost his life in the accident had a bright future ahead of him.
The student that was killed was a junior at the University of Connecticut. He was studying neurobiology and physiology and had reportedly planned on going to medical school. He was a member of singing group and was active in charity work, having founded an organization that supported various worthy causes. It seems as if he was a young man who was doing everything right. He was making good decisions and working actively to give back to his community and improve himself.
The student driving the bus was facing a variety of criminal charges, but news sources say that he has now reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the case. It is not yet clear if he pled guilty to the charge of negligent homicide with which he was charged.
It was likely only a momentary lapse of judgment on the part of the bus driver when he took his attention off the street in front of him to waive at another bus driver. But the duty of every driver, and part of the occupation of this driver, is to always be aware of their surrounding while driving. Most importantly anything that is directly in front of the vehicle when accelerating. While criminal charges punish an individual who wronged another person, they do nothing to bring justice to family members affected by the death of a loved one.
Source: The Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: Driver in fatal University of Connecticut shuttle bus accident to take plea deal,"