Update – Trial in the Death of 9-Year-Old While Riding School Bus


A $30 million civil lawsuit against the St. Lucie County School District following a bus crash that killed a young boy continued Thursday.

The crash killed 9-year-old Aaron Beauchamp on March 26, 2012.

School bus driver Bruce Hazen took the stand Thursday and faced questions from the attorney for the family, Lance Ivey. Hazen was cited for turning in front of the tractor trailer, fined and had his license suspended for six months following the crash.

Ivey claims the district’s culture of rushing bus drivers and adding routes added to the crash.

The district claims faulty brakes in the sod truck that hit the bus were part of the cause of the deadly crash that killed Beauchamp and injured 16 others.

Aaron’s father, Simon, is expected to testify next.

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