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Woman claims son struck by driver after bus driver waved him across street

By The Madison County Record | Mar 24, 2014

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A woman claims her son was struck by a vehicle after a school bus driver gave him the okay to cross the street.

Amy Hanson filed a lawsuit March 7 in Madison County Circuit Court against Nelson E. Harris, Michael Roosman and Illinois Central School Bus.

In her complaint, Amy Hanson alleges her son, Benjamin R. Hanson was walking from the Alton Middle School at 2200 College Ave. in Alton on Sept. 27 when he approached a cross walk at the intersection of Jersey Street and College Avenue.

As Benjamin R. Hanson was waiting to cross the street, Rooman, who was driving a school bus west on College Avenue, stopped the bus and waved Benjamin Hanson on to cross the street, according to the complaint.

“Benjamin Harrison, in reliance on the wave and instruction of the defendants, Illinois Central School Bus and its agent Michael Roosman, crossed the street in the marked school zone cross walk in front of the school bus and was then struck by the eastbound vehicle driven by Nelson E. Harris…” the suit states.

Because of the collision, Benjamin Harrison suffered severe injuries including a comminuated femur fracture with insertion of hardware and experienced pain and suffering, the complaint says. Amy Hanson also claims her son incurred medical costs, lost his enjoyment of life ad suffered disability.

She partially blames Harris for causing the collision, saying he negligently failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to keep his vehicle under control, failed to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failed to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian.

She also names Roosman as a defendant, saying he negligently failed to exercise proper precaution when observing a child.

Amy Hanson is seeking a judgment of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just. She is being represented by Eric J. Carlson of Byron, Carlson, Petri and Kalb in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 14-L-365.

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