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Canyon County Bus Driver Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter


Posted on Apr 30, 2014

CALDWELL – Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor has announced that his office has charged bus driver Debra Boatwright with vehicular manslaughter, a misdemeanor, for the death of Daniel Cook, an 11 yr old of Nampa, Idaho.  The 11 yr old was riding the bus at the time of the crash when the bus driver pulled into the intersection of Deer Flat and Happy Valley Roads on December 5, 2013 causing a crash with a dump truck.

The Idaho State Police report that the dump truck crashed into the side of the school bus which resulted in the 11 yr old (who was seated in the 11th row of the bus) to sustain severe personal injuries which took his life.

A collision reconstruction was conducted by the Idaho State Police. The Idaho State Police indicate that the bus driver failed to yield the right-of-way to the dump truck when she pulled the bus into the intersection resulting in the crash.

Any claimant seeking recovery against a school district and/or any employee or agent thereof should consider serving a notice of tort claim within 180 days of the accident or the claim may be time barred.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of another driver’s negligence, you should seek an initial free consultation with an experienced trial attorney. Boise Personal Injury and Commercial Motor Vehicle Collision Trial Lawyer Alan Morton has over 31 years of experience handling injury related claims and lawsuits. You may contact Mr. Morton at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 or complete the online contact form. Mr. Morton would be happy to visit with you at his office or your home, workplace, hospital or any other convenient location to discuss your legal rights and remedies.

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Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer