Atlanta, GA — The name of the FedEx truck driver who was killed on Monday afternoon (November 11) has been released as Jorge Pena, 41, from McDonough. Police in Atlanta reported that Pena was killed when his FedEx truck was hit by a bus that had run a red light at Ralph David Abernathy and Central Avenue.
The accident happened at about 3:40 p.m., they said. The bus was driving north on Central when it ran through the red light at Ralph David and crashed into Pena’s FedEx truck. Both vehicles crashed into a nearby building, the Museum Bar.
Pena was taken to a hospital, but he later died from his injuries. The bus driver’s name and condition haven’t been released, and it’s not clear if any charges will be filed.
The police said they’re going to investigate further. Nobody inside the Museum Bar was injured, it appeared.
Scene of the Accident
I’d be curious to know more about this accident as the police continue their investigation. Clearly, the bus driver seems to be at fault for running a red light, but I’d be willing to bet there’s more here than meets the eye. As any experienced attorney will tell you, a county-owned or city-owned vehicle – including buses – is typically covered by sovereign immunity. The law works differently in each state, but in many cases, a lawsuit can’t be brought against the city for the negligence of their driver. However, it’s worth investigating. Furthermore, if a mechanical issue, like a brake failure, caused the bus to run the red light, then a third party is brought into the equation. Obviously, I don’t know all the facts here, I can merely write about my experience with these kinds of accidents. Most of the time, though, I find that people simply don’t understand how trucking or bus accidents work and and how the law applies to them.
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