$1.55M Settlement to Family of School Bus Driver Killed in 2016 Crash

The family of a New Jersey school bus driver who was killed in November 2016 when her bus was struck head-on by an SUV on a Middletown, N.J., roadway has reached a $1.55 million settlement in connection with her death.

The school bus driver, Lorraine Filozof, 62, of Woodbridge, was pulled from the wreckage by a witness to the crash and by a bus aide who was also traveling on the bus, but died later from her injuries, according to a June 12 story by NJ.com.

The impact of the collision on Nov. 14, 2016 caused the 10-passenger school bus to burst into flames as Filozof was being removed from the vehicle. “Filozof was conscious and in severe pain before she died,” according to the family’s negligence lawsuit, which was filed against the driver of the SUV.

The driver of the SUV, who lost control of the vehicle and was also injured in the incident, was not charged in the crash by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. A student aboard the bus and the 61-year-old school bus aide who helped get Filozof out of the crushed vehicle were also injured, the story reported. The bus was owned by R. Helfrich & Son of Hazlet.

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About $1.25 million of the settlement was covered by insurance policies held by the SUV driver from the American Automobile Association. The estate also received $250,000 and $50,000 payments from two other insurance policies.

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