A father and his son were injured while riding a moped following an accident in the 5600 block of Southside Drive. Involved in the accident was the moped, a Jeep and a JCPS bus. According to JCPS, the car hit the moped causing it be pushed under the JCPS bus. The bus, which was transporting children from Auburndale Elementary, had minor damage. It was able to continue on its route. Kids onboard were not hurt. No one was injured. Officers on the scene said that a Jeep caused the collision.
The bus stopped when the Jeep hit the back of the moped, which was carrying a man and his six-year-old son. The moped allegedly slid under the JCPS bus. The boy fell into the grass in the median while his father fell on the street. Both received non-life threatening injuries and were rushed to the hospital for treatment. The Jeep, on the other hand, sped off. Authorities were searching for the vehicle.
In a report published in WKYT in November 2011, investigators claim something has to be changed regarding the hit-and-run policies in Kentucky. They say rules do not do enough to punish someone accountable for hitting and killing someone then driving off. Prosecutors like Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson also shared views on the issue. Larson said that the law favors those who leave the scene, especially those who were under the influence at the time of the crash. He was concerned that impaired drivers might think they would be penalized less in they abandoned the scene.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I am happy that the father and son as well as the passengers on board JCPS bus were safe. On the other hand, I am hoping that the Jeep involved will be found by the police soon. If the driver is guilty of causing the accident, they should pay their dues under the law. Otherwise, hit-and-run accidents may only increase. This should never be the case, especially when someone’s hurt and another party is responsible for their injuries.