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Ventura: Intoxicated School Bus Driver Struck, Fatally Injured Marguerita McIntosh

Posted on Sep 27, 2012

On the afternoon of Wednesday, September 26, an intoxicated school bus driver struck and fatally injured 75-year-old pedestrian Marguerita McIntosh in Ventura. While transporting eleven students to the Mound School, 54-year-old Joanne Madaule hit McIntosh when she turned left onto the street the pedestrian was crossing. She was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and died later that day. Madaule was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI. The CHP is investigating the accident. 


“When a school bus driver’s negligence results in an accident causing injury or death to students or others, the driver may be held liable for expenses associated with the victims’ recoveries or losses suffered by the families of the victims,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. 


The city of Ventura accounted for none of the 5 fatalities and 34 of the 212 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred throughout the county, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Ventura 22nd out of 53 cities for pedestrian safety; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Marguerita McIntosh, the woman who was struck and fatally injured by the intoxicated school bus driver.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this accident.


Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on pedestrian rights and the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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