Questions Over the Death of Sailor Christian Raul Montes Who Was Killed by a Virginia Beach School Bus
Worrying questions linger about how a Virginia Beach school bus driver hit and killed a young sailor as he stood in military uniform beside his broken-down car.
Virginia Beach police told NewsChannel 3 earlier this week, they are still interviewing witnesses, and intend to present evidence to the Commonwealth’s Attorney Officer for their review. Prosecutors could decide what, if any, charges will be filed in the case.
As a Virginia Beach wrongful death lawyer, I was disturbed to read about the death of Christian Raul Montes, 27, who served in the Navy. He was struck by a school bus at around 6:45 a.m. on October 22. I have nothing but admiration for those who serve our country and represent many military families who make up the lifeblood of Hampton Roads.
Investigators said the bus full of children was going northbound on Holland Road approaching the intersection of South Independence Blvd. Mr. Montes’ Ford Escort was disabled at the time and stopped in the northbound lane of Holland Road. Police said he was standing outside of the car at the time when the school bus struck the back of the vehicle and hit him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Further details about the life of the sailor emerged in the Virginian-Pilot. He was on his way to work at Norfolk Naval Station when the crash occurred. The article described a devout and family-loving man who loved serving his country. My thoughts are with his family at this tragic time. Media reports stated neither excess speed nor alcohol appear to have been factors in the deadly bus crash.
So what did cause this tragic accident? Was the bus driver distracted in any way? Was there a lapse in attention? These are pertinent questions for investigators.
Irrespective of charges, the family may have strong grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the wake of their loss, although no amount of money can ever compensate for a life.
Contact the Norfolk and Virginia Beach injury lawyers Cooper Hurley for more details on wrongful death cases.