By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
When Tiffany Williams’ autistic six-year-old son, Dante, did not return home from school one Wednesday afternoon, she called up the Carter and MacRae Elementary School, where Dante attended, to find out where he was. A bus driver, who was not the driver of Dante’s bus, brought the child home unharmed. That driver told Ms. Williams that Dante had been found, sound asleep, on the bus he was taking home from school that evening. Dante’s driver apparently failed to make the required check of the bus seats at the end of the route, and did not realize that he had not brought Dante home.
The Lancaster County, Pennsylvania school district has called this an “unfortunate incident” and has fired the negligent driver. The remaining drivers were given a refresher course on company bus driving protocol, emphasizing the check of the bus seats when dropping children off at school in the morning and at the end of the route in the evening.
While this story had a happy ending, leaving a child unattended in a vehicle can be fatal. In 2008, there were 42 reported deaths of children resulting from being left in cars and other vehicles. Heat stroke can kill a child in a matter of minutes on a hot day. Hopefully the extra training for the other bus drivers in this case will prevent this type of event from occurring again. Find out more about Dante and his ordeal at Autistic boy left on school bus; driver fired.</a