Suit alleges recklessness by U46 bus driver
By Emily McFarlan Miller firstname.lastname@example.org @emmillerwrites September 30, 2013 4:52PM
Updated: November 2, 2013 6:11AM
SOUTH ELGIN — A recent lawsuit against Elgin School District U46 alleges that reckless driving threw students from their seats on a school bus traveling to Kenyon Woods Middle School.
The bus full of students was traveling east on Water Street Sept. 19, on its way to Kenyon Woods, according to the lawsuit filed in Kane County Circuit Court by Kimberlie and James Majeski through attorneys Cogan & Power .
Water Street was on a higher grade than Route 31, the lawsuit states, and as the bus approached the intersection, coming down a hill, “the students began yelling at the bus driver to slow down as its speed was too fast and was going to dangerously propel the students into the air and subject them to possible injury.” One of those students was the Majeskis’ son, the suit states.
Instead, the driver reportedly sped up into the intersection, allegedly to beat the stoplight, it says.
The drop caused students to be propelled up and out of their seats and put them at risk of injury, according to the lawsuit. The Majeskis’ son “suffered damages of a personal and pecuniary nature,” the lawsuit claims, and the family “incurred certain expenses including, but not limited to, medical expenses and related costs on behalf of their son.”
Kimberlie and James Majeski are suing the district for more than $50,000, according to the lawsuit.
A representative for School District U46 said the district was not aware of the suit and generally does not comment on pending litigation.