Parents file suit against Hillsborough schools for bus crash

- Five months after a bus crash sent dozens of Hillsborough County students into a retention pond in Odessa, families are beginning to prepare lawsuits.

One mother, who doesn't want to be named to protect the identity of her children, says her two children were on the bus on September 17. She says her 10-year-old son is still struggling with the impacts of the accident. He has breakdowns daily when he's in the car.

"We are not allowed to drive over 30 miles an hour without a panic attack starting. We are not allowed to go out into conditions where the roads are slippery," said the child's mother, who asked not to be named to protect her childrens' identities.

Clearwater attorney David Papa represents the family. He says he's filed a notice to sue with the school district, which is required by state law. He says he hopes to settle the case, but if not he's preparing to sue for negligence.

"It would be a general negligence claim and certainly I would think that there is a claim for negligence in hiring that particular bus driver as well," said David Papa, the family's attorney.

Deputies cited the bus driver, 54-year-old Lenoir Sainfimin for careless driving after determining he was speeding. No students were seriously injured in the crash and all escaped from the bus which overturned at the entrance the Nine Eagles subdivision.

The mother considering the lawsuit says several other families whose children were involved in the crash are also planning to sue.

"What happened to these children all 27 of them was just tragic and I feel that it could have been prevented," she said.

A spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Schools told FOX 13 the district does not comment on pending lawsuits.

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