Parent of high school marching band student who was injured in fatal New York bus crash files lawsuit against bus company and driver

A parent whose daughter was one of several high school marching band students injured in a fatal bus crash in upstate New York last week has filed a lawsuit against the bus company and the driver, court records show.

Lawrence Doreson, the father of a 14-year-old Farmingdale High School student, filed a lawsuit Thursday against Regency Transportation Ltd., the company that owns the bus involved in the deadly crash, and Lisa Schaffer, the bus driver, the complaint states.

The lawsuit accuses both the bus company and Schaffer of negligence, saying both parties’ “reckless and careless acts” led to the fatal crash and many students being injured.

Two teachers were killed and several students were injured on September 21 when the bus carrying about 40 students from Long Island careened off Interstate 84, crashing through a guard rail and flipping into a ravine in Wawayanda, New York, CNN previously reported. The students, who were part of the school’s marching band, were on their way to Pennsylvania for a band camp event.

The suit claims, among other things, that Schaffer failed to control the bus, driving at speeds that would cause the bus to “veer off” the road.

The lawsuit also alleges Regency Transportation neglected to properly maintain, repair and inspect their vehicles, allowing the bus to drive in an “unsafe, defective and/or hazardous condition.”

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