Columbus man files lawsuit against MCSD in 2016 hit and run involving school bus

Columbus man files lawsuit against MCSD in 2016 hit and run involving school bus

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus man is taking legal action against the Muscogee County School District in a hit and run accident that happened two years ago.

The school district transports thousands of students to and from school each day.

Now, Terrence Williams, who was behind the wheel of a school bus on August 23, 2016, is named as a defendant in a lawsuit.

The suit claims that a school bus filled with children hit two cars and left the scene.

Filed just days ago by Attorney Mark Jones on behalf of his client, Joseph Bennett, he claims that Williams was negligent when the bus hit his vehicle and another car near Lynridge Avenue and Weems Road in north Columbus and left the scene.

Bennett alleges the bus driver was trying to make a right turn when he hit his 2009 Audi, injuring him and damaging his vehicle.

In addition to seeking unspecified punitive damages for medical bills and loss wages, the suit also states the district failed to monitor the bus driver's history for serious traffic violations.

It states less than a month prior to the wreck, Williams was citied with driving 93 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone.

Under Georgia and federal law, a CDL license is suspended if the CDL driver receives two serious traffic violations within a 60-day period.

It's unclear if the bus driver is still employed with the Muscogee County School District.

The plaintiff in this case is asking for a jury to determine a dollar amount to be awarded for damages.

There is no word if the school bus driver or any students were hurt on the bus.

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