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Pennsylvania school bus driver killed in parking lot

Often pedestrian accidents and fatalities occur at unexpected moments when for one moment a driver fails to pay attention to their surroundings. Just recently a Pennsylvania school bus driver was killed while walking across the parking lot just after arriving at her workplace.

Investigation of the accident is continuing and it is not known whether the driver of the car will face any charges. Though the deceased driver was wearing dark clothing at the time the accident occurred, this does not relieve a driver of the obligation of paying attention to their surroundings. This is especially true in a parking lot where one would be expecting pedestrians to be in the immediate vicinity.

Pedestrian accidents often seem routine until one grasps that a fatality was involved. Frequently it's difficult to determine if a single individual was at fault or if a number of factors contributed to the accident. Time of day, visibility, lighting of the parking lot, speed limit and traffic control signs and the possibility of inattentive driving may all have played a role in this particular accident. Nothing can be ruled out until matters are thoroughly investigated.

Whether fault can or cannot be determined, there will still be medical expenses, funeral costs, and loss of financial support for those dependent on the individual killed in the accident. Costs that come about due to such an accident cannot be understated.

The pedestrian killed in the accident was 64-years old. The suddenness of such a loss can make such a circumstance almost unendurable without someone to assist and look out for the family member's concerns.

Source: Justice News Flash, "School Bus Driver Killed in Centerville Bus Garage Accident," by Nicole Howley, Jan. 23, 2012

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