A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Miami-Dade County last month on behalf of the family of Francisco Urena against, Miami Bus Service Corp., and Miami Bus Service II Corp and Ramon Ferreiro, the bus driver. Urena, was one of two passengers killed on Dec. 1, 2012 when a charter bus he was riding in en route to a church function slammed into a concrete overpass at Miami International Airport. The 32 passengers on board were part of a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses who were traveling from Miami to a gathering in West Palm Beach. The suit alleges the bus driver negligently drove the 11-foot high bus, which was owned and operated by Miami Bus Service Corp. and Miami Bus Service II Corp., into an 8-foot-6-inch overpass at the airport. Urena was fatally injured as a result of the crash and died at the hospital shortly thereafter.
The complaint alleges negligence resulting in the death of Francisco Urena. According to the complaint, the bus driver negligently drove the bus on the wrong route at an unsafe speed at the time and place of the accident. The bus collided with a clearly-marked concrete overpass in broad daylight, with multiple signs warning high vehicles away from the area. Bus companies must do more to ensure that their drivers are properly trained and understand traffic signs to prevent such avoidable accidents. Mike Eidson, a founding partner at Colson Hicks Eidson represents the plaintiff in the lawsuit.
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