Two more lawsuits filed in connection to fatal Woodmore bus crash

Two more lawsuits filed in connection to fatal Woodmore bus crash

February 15th, 2017 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

A wrecker removes the school bus from the scene of a crash on Talley Road on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Six children died and dozens more were injured.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

Two more lawsuits have been filed in Circuit Court in connection with the deadly Woodmore Elementary bus crash that killed six children in November.

Both lawsuits, filed by attorney C. Mark Warren on behalf of parents of children who were on the bus, name Johnthony Walker, Durham School Services and National Express LLC.

Antoine Armour, the father of 6-year-old D'Myunn Brown who was killed in the crash, and Stephanie Griffith, the mother of a 9-year-old who was injured, are both seeking "a judgment against the Defendants in favor of the Plaintiff in an amount in the sound discretion of the jury."

"Durham is liable for its own negligence and the acts and omissions of its employees, agents, servants and contractors, including Defendant Johnthony Walker," alleges the lawsuit filed by Armour.

"Walker was operating his vehicle in a negligent and careless fashion and caused the collision."

The lawsuit filed for Griffith alleges that both the child and his mother have incurred significant costs as a result of the crash.

The pair of lawsuits — the ninth and 10th filed so far — follow several other state civil lawsuits and a federal class-action lawsuit.

Six children were killed in the Nov. 21 crash on Talley Road in Brainerd, and many of the 37 kids on board were treated at a local hospital.

Walker was believed to be driving about 20 mph over the speed limit when he crashed the bus. He remains in custody, facing charges of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.