Family of teen who died after exiting moving JCPS bus files lawsuit
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The grandmother of a 16-year-old who died last year after exiting a moving Jefferson County Public Schools bus has sued the local school board, district officials and others.
Shirley Pritchett, whose grandson Dylan Hill died July 31 after he somehow got out of a moving bus on Westport Road, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Jefferson Circuit Court as an administrator of Hill's estate.
The suit names the Jefferson County Board of Education, JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio, JCPS Director of Transportation Services Randy Frantz, Anthony Madison and Uspiritus Inc., which provides residential psychiatric care and other services for Kentucky youth.
Hill was a resident of Uspiritus-Brooklawn, where JCPS runs an on-site educational program to help students transition to traditional schools. Pollio said at the time that the bus was heading to a state facility and that multiple adults were on the bus monitoring students.
The suit says Hill's death was caused by negligence and violations of laws, regulations and standards and that the estate has a claim for the teen's lost earning capacity, medical expenses and burial expenses. Pritchett is seeking a jury trial and damages "in such amount as the proof may warrant."
JCPS said it does not comment on pending litigation. Pritchett's attorney, Lucius Hawes of Hopkinsville, did not return a message seeking comment.
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