A Tallahassee bus driver who was involved in a fatal bus crash that killed a 17-year-old received a Leon County speeding ticket a few weeks prior to the accident. His failure to report that Florida traffic ticket was enough to start a suspension for Timothy Kelly who is still in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after being critically injured in the bus crash.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat Kelly was cited for driving 18 M.P.H. over the posted speed limit of 55 by the Florida Highway Patrol on March 1. He never reported the ticket as he is required. The Leon County school officials will be holding a meeting with parents of the children on the bus to discuss what injuries are covered by insurance.
There are some questions surfacing over the bus driver’s health that may open the door for personal injury lawsuits. At one point the driver told the county that he was an insulin-dependent diabetic. That would have disqualified the man from driving a school bus but he later had a doctor write a note saying that he did not require insulin. Another issue could revolve around the video surveillance system which was so out-dated that the VHS tape was completely blank leaving investigators with no video evidence of what proceeded the accident.