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Suit filed vs. driver who hit school bus

Parents of Milton Pope students sue on behalf of kids

Published: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 8:17 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 10:17 a.m. CDT

OTTAWA, Ill. — Four parents of Milton Pope School students injured in a September school bus crash are suing the driver of the vehicle who struck the bus, according to La Salle County Circuit Court records.

The complaint was filed on Monday, Oct. 22, by the parents on behalf of five children. The parents, Roger Brewster, Terry Bartolucci, Sheri Lawson and Yvette Highland, are suing Michael A. Shelton, 44, of Seneca.

According to the complaint, on Sept. 10, the children were passengers in a school bus traveling east on North 32nd Road at or near the intersection with E. 25th Road in Miller Township when Shelton's vehicle, which was traveling south on E. 25th road, entered the intersection and collided with the bus.

The parents allege that Shelton failed to yield to the bus before entering the intersection, disregarded a traffic control device and failed to avoid the collision by reducing his speed or turning to change his course, among other negligent acts.

The parents are seeking money for the cost of the suit and for the children's injuries, medical expenses, disability, pain and suffering and loss of normal life following the collision, the complaint states.

According to prior reports of the accident, 41 of the bus' occupants were transported to area hospitals following the collision, which occurred shortly after 8 a.m. The bus was driven by Diane L. Kelley, 70, of Marseilles, who was just two miles from dropping off about 60 of the total 238 kindergarten through eighth-grade students at the school in Marseilles.

Attorney Scott Ganassin of Peru firm Schwickert and Ganassin LLP is representing the parents.

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