Family files lawsuit in Macon County bus crash

Legal action is being taken in the incident of a Macon County school bus running over a child.  WSFA 12 News confirms the family of the little boy injured in the incident, has filed a lawsuit against the school board and the bus driver.

We've also learned the victim's name is Soloman Davis, he is five years old.

Attorneys with Strickland & Kendall, LLC tell WSFA 12 News exclusively that the lawsuit was filed so early on the investigation to preserve the evidence.  They believe there is a defect with the bus and want to make sure nothing is done that would jeopardize proving that.

The accident comes just months after a report from the state showed nearly half of the county's school buses had major problems and needed immediate repair.  Macon County School officials said all the buses were fixed and believe the accident is unrelated.

Attorney Michael Strickland says the sole purpose of this lawsuit is the prevent it from happening again.  "No matter how much he gets for his benefit it will never make him back whole again due to the type of injuries that he has suffered.  But, if you can prevent this type of injury from occurring again, that is one of the main things you look for in this type of case," says Strickland.

WSFA 12 News called Macon County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jacqueline Brooks and left a message.  She has not yet returned our phone call.

While Soloman is improving at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, his injuries are extensive.  He has a crushed pelvis, ruptured spleen, and internal bleeding.  Soloman is also on a respirator and is not stable enough right now to undergo surgery.