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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Responses (6)

  1. George Pena is my neighbor’s son. We live in Downey,CA and I am interested in why you are writing about this. Have you been retained or are you just interested in the outcome>?

    1. Well, I follow accidents in the news like this one because I’m always interested in seeing how the trucking industry is evolving from state to state. This one caught my attention because it involves not one, but two commercial vehicles and I’m curious to know if the offending driver will be charged at all.
      Moreover, I think it’s a good idea to talk about legal issues related to truck accidents because I’ve found in my 20 years of practice that most people just don’t know much about them.

  2. LindaSmith, my name is Luis from Telemundo Atlanta, I am trying to contact Mr. Pena’s family, do you mind give a call? thanks. 770-771-9765 and 770-497-0076.

  3. Mr. Pena picked up packages for our company, I would like to give my condolance to the family. I am sorry for your lose, he was a good man that worked very hard for a company that didn’t see him as a person. I lost a good friend even if only we talk for the 5 to 10 minutes while he scaned packages. One thing is for sure he loved his family and couldn’t wait to get home to spend time with them. Once again I am very sorry for your lose.

    1. I remember Jorge from West and Warren also. I can’t believe one of ours is gone. It happens every day, but it’s just very strange to see his name as a deceased person. Very sad.

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