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Settlement reached in Victoria school district civil suit

By Gheni_Platenburg
Nov. 18, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.


A settlement was reached this week in the civil lawsuit between a Victoria resident and the Victoria school district.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in court paperwork. Attorneys for the district and the plaintiff Craig Martin did not return phone calls Thursday.

Martin filed the lawsuit against the district in September 2008.

Martin, who sued on behalf of his minor son, claimed his son was attempting to board a Victoria school district bus in November 2007 at Memorial High School's Stroman Campus when the bus lunged forward, causing his son, the plaintiff, to fall.

When the boy fell, the bus drove over his arm, resulting in permanent personal injury.

In the lawsuit's original petition, Martin claimed the school district was negligent because the driver failed to assure there were no people in the road upon acceleration of the vehicle; the driver accelerated quickly, without regard for the safety and welfare of passengers or the people around the bus; and the bus was not operated in a safe and prudent manner.

Martin sued for actual damages, court costs and all other relief to which he felt his son was entitled.

In a response, the school district denied all the allegations, claiming the plaintiff was "negligent in many particulars which proximately caused or contributed to cause the alleged damages."

The case was scheduled for trial on Monday, after it failed to go to trial on a previously scheduled July court date.

A settlement was reached before the trial started.

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