OJO CALIENTE, N.M. (KRQE) – The parents of the nine students on board a school bus that crashed in northern New Mexico, killing the driver, are suing.
The lawsuit claims the driver, 69-year-old Pat Valdez, was going 10 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit when the bus crashed down an embankment near Ojo Caliente, N.M. back in 2013. The lawsuit names Valdez’s estate, the woman who hired him, the Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools, and the Public Education Department. The parents claim Valdez had a history of speeding and was not qualified to drive a school bus, but was still allowed to drive.
Several of the kids were seriously hurt. One kid suffered a broken back and another kid a broken jaw. Valdez died from blunt force in the crash.
State Police have been investigating if a medical episode caused Valdez to lose control.