The Metro bus driver who hit and killed a pedestrian in Hyde Park Square in January is now facing criminal charges in the man’s death.
On the evening of January 27, 2016, a 73-year-old man and his daughter were using the crosswalk at the intersection of Edwards Road and Erie Avenue. The pair were struck as the Metro bus driver performed an improper turn. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his daughter sustained injuries.
Shortly after the pedestrian accident, arrest warrants were issued for the bus driver. His bond was set at more than $6,000.00 while he awaited trial.
During court proceedings last week, the driver was charged with one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular manslaughter. Of the charges he faces, vehicular homicide is a first degree misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of six months served in jail, and vehicular manslaughter is a second degree misdemeanors which carries a maximum sentence of 90-day jail time.
Pedestrian Accident Deaths Rising
More people are traveling by foot today than in years past, which many attribute to the rising costs associated with vehicle ownership. However, roadways in Cincinnati and throughout the U.S. can be quite dangerous for pedestrians, as distracted driving is becoming increasingly more common.
Of all U.S. traffic accident deaths in 2014, pedestrians accounted for approximately 15 percent of these fatalities. According to an annual report released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the pedestrian death totals for 2015 are expected to rise 10 percent over the 2014 total.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident, an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney from O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can help to fight for the compensation your family deserves.