Bus Driver in Liberty School Bus Crash Escapes Criminal Indictment

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The pending civil lawsuits filed by Robb & Robb LLC over injuries sustained by two children and one man's fatality will focus on mechanical failure.

A grand jury in Clay County, Missouri has cleared a Liberty woman of criminal wrongdoing in a 2005 crash. Anita Porte Robb, a wrongful death attorney in Missouri, represents the families of David Gleason, Andrew Hubbard, and Renna Yi in a civil lawsuit (Gleason v. Bendix, et al, 7CV105004627; Hubbard v. Bendix, et al, 7CV105005117; Yi v. Bendix, et al, 7CV105005525) following a bus crash that killed two men and injured 23 schoolchildren. David Gleason was one of the two motorists killed in the crash while Hubbard and Yi are schoolchildren who were critically injured. Robb & Robb, LLC has filed civil lawsuits for their clients against multiple defendants in the case.

Robb & Robb LLC has claimed that the cause of the crash was mechanical failure. "Now that the criminal investigation has ended, we look forward to focusing on the mechanical defects which we alleged caused this crash," Robb said in regards to the focus of their upcoming civil lawsuit.

The criminal lawsuit explored the possibility of "pedal misapplication" as the cause, a term meaning that Thomas would have confused the accelerator with the brake pedal, causing the bus to speed up rather than stop. This theory was refuted in part because Thomas is an experienced driver who has no tickets on her driving record, as well as due to a lack of evidence proving that this was what occurred. With the criminal part of the case now closed, Kansas City personal injury attorneys Anita and Gary Robb plan to prove that mechanical malfunction was the cause of the crash.

ABOUT ROBB & ROBB LLC: The Kansas City Missouri personal injury law firm of Robb & Robb LLC was founded in 1984 by Gary C. Robb and Anita Porte Robb. Over the past 24 years the firm has obtained over $750 million in verdicts and recoveries on behalf of victims of personal injury and wrongful death. The firm has handled many precedent-setting, important, high-profile and complex personal injury and wrongful death cases in Missouri and nationwide, including catastrophic truck, bus, and automobile accidents.


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