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N4T Investigators: Deadly bus crash prompts claim against TUSD

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The family of a Tucson woman who was struck and killed by a Tucson Unified School District bus earlier this year, now plans to take the school district to court, and has already filed a notice of claim in connection with her death. 

"This is a death that never should have happened," Tucson attorney Dev Sethi, who represents the daughter of Kerry O'Donnell, told the News 4 Tucson Investigators. 

O'Donnell died back on February 1 at the intersection of Swan and Fort Lowell roads, after she was hit by the TUSD bus. Tucson Police traffic detectives responded to the crash and pieced together evidence, to see who may have been responsible for O'Donnell's death.

"We do have evidence that shows the light did turn red well before the bus got the intersection," Tucson Police Sergeant Pete Dugan told News 4 Tucson immediately following the crash. 

"The driver of the bus failed to stop for a bright red light, and failed to stop for Kerry, who had almost completed her walk through the intersection," Sethi added. 

Sethi also told the News 4 Tucson Investigators the bus driver's background raises troubling questions about whether the crash could have been prevented.

"He's been written up, or the subject of a police citation at least five times, so that evidence strongly suggests that he should not have been behind the wheel," Sethi said. 
  
Following the crash TUSD issued this statement: 

Tucson Unified School District is deeply saddened by the incident involving one of our school buses this morning. Our staff members are cooperating fully with the Tucson Police Department's investigation. As we continue to process what happened, we send our sympathies to all who are affected. 

The News 4 Tucson Investigators have learned the bus driver is now facing criminal charges in the case. We will keep you updated as the case proceeds through the court system. 

If you have something you would like the News 4 Tucson Investigators to investigate email us at investigators@kvoa.com or call the News 4 Tucson Investigators tip-line at (520) 955-4444.

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