Elise Hellinger Died In Queens School Bus Accident By 82nd Road In Kew Gardens After Driver Made Left Turn
QUEENS, NEW YORK (March 16, 2018) – A 58-year-old was tragically killed in a bus accident after she was hit as the vehicle was making a left turn in Kew Gardens.
Queens authorities have been able to identify the woman that died as Elise Hellinger.
A photo of the scene of the accident showed that it was snowing. Elise Hellinger suffered a head injury. She was treated by firefighters and paramedics, but was later pronounced dead at the scene.
There were at least three children on the school bus at the time of the accident, but none of them appear to have been injured.
An investigation into the fatal accident remains ongoing at this time.
LIABILITY IN SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENTS
Bus drivers have a responsibility to drive in a reasonably safe manner and to keep a watchful eye out for pedestrians. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen. Adverse weather conditions and driver fatigue often contribute to pedestrian accidents. In particular, any driver making a left turn must yield to other cars and pedestrians that are close enough to pose a hazard. Any driver making a left turn and is involved in an accident will typically be held liable unless they had a green arrow. When a bus driver is negligent and causes an accident wile working within the course and scope of their employment, the city or company that employs them may be vicariously liable.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the tragic bus accident that killed Elise Hellinger. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family as they continue to grieve such an incredible loss. Anyone that may have witnessed what happened should contact the Queens police department for the sake of all of those that have been affected. We sincerely hope that steps are taken in order to make this intersection safer for all of the pedestrians that walk through it every day.
If someone that you love has been involved in an accident with a school bus, you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced bus accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We fight tirelessly to make sure that are clients are well taken care of. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need assistance after an accident you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.