Posted on April 8th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
After years of litigation, the Pippenger family finally came to a settlement with Laidlaw, Inc., now First Student.
In December 2005, Brandon Pippenger, age 13, crossed the street to try and catch the morning bus to school. Running late, he ran alongside it, waving his hand to get the driver’s attention. According to company regulation, buses are supposed to stop no less than 100 feet from a corner. That morning, not only did the driver not check his mirrors but he also turned the corner without stopping. Not seeing Brandon, the bus ran him over as it turned.
Brandon’s mother Patty watched the whole thing in horror. To this day, all she wanted was for Laidlaw to admit their responsibility for what happened.
The case would have ended last March, but the court ordered that the two parties settle out of court. Confronted with all the facts pointing toward the driver’s fault in the tragedy, Laidlaw finally agreed to settle with the family for $1.2 million.
“From the start, we wanted people to know that Brandon did not cause his own death. He did not slip and fall under the bus,” says Pippenger of Laidlaw’s defense in the case. With the settlement, it was made clear that the driver’s error was the real cause for Brandon’s death.
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