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Parents of victim file wrongful death lawsuit against Greyhound

Parents of victim file wrongful death lawsuit against Greyhound

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 11:40 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 11:40 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.-- The family of a passenger run over by a Greyhound bus last June is filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

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Hunter’s mom Paula Becker says, "Barry and I feel so lucky we saw him the night before he got on the bus. He hugged us and told us how much he loved us... that kind of moment we had often with Hunter and the thought that we're never going to have that again is very painful."

The parents of 25-year-old Hunter Brown from Seattle are suing Greyhound.

Their son was a passenger on the Greyhound bus that struck and killed him June 29th.

25-year-old Hunter Brown of Seattle, was headed to San Francisco and the Greyhound bus he was riding stopped a Central Point gas station.

The lawsuit was filed in Dallas County, Texas, where Greyhound's corporate headquarters is located.

The lawsuit alleges Greyhound failed to provide Hunter with a rested, responsible bus driver.

It states the driver of that bus, Arthur Coley, had already driven an excessive length of time that day and was not appropriately rested.

The Greyhound bus stopped at the Pilot Travel Center in Central Point, at 1 in the morning.

The driver announced to passengers the bus would depart again at 1:30 a.m. but the lawsuit alleges the driver started to leave the truck stop before the announced departure time, ignoring passengers who tried to alert him that others were not on the bus.

Lawyer Charla Aldous says, "And he said we go on my time, not theirs and started to pull off. Hunter is running beside the bus banging on the bus trying to get on when he gets run over. It's simply hard to comprehend something like this could happen."

Hunter’s mom Paula Becker says, "It could have been anybody because you know I'll bet that hundreds if not more people run after Greyhound buses every day and the fact that the driver could see him through the door and turn the wheel toward him, it's horrifying."

NewsWatch 12 interviewed a Central Point Police Detective the day of the incident who describes what witnesses said about the driver’s behavior.

Detective Josh Abbott with Central Point Police says, "We've had some people stating that were on the bus that he (Hunter Brown) was banging on the bus and he wouldn't let him back on."

A spokesperson for Greyhound says they cannot talk about the incident because of pending litigation.

Greyhound spokesperson Lanesha Gipson says, "As long as it is in litigation, we are unable to discuss it."

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