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Published: Monday, 2/9/2009

Suit filed in Oregon school bus death

BLADE STAFF

The father of a boy killed in October by an Oregon City Schools bus has filed a lawsuit in Lucas County Common Pleas Court against the school district and the driver of the bus.

Louis Takacs filed the lawsuit late Friday, alleging that driver Rita Grivanos was negligent when she struck and killed 11-year-old Austin Takacs on Oct. 22. The lawsuit also claimed that the district breached its duty to "provide transportation, to and from school, of students within its school district in a safe and cautious manner."

Austin, a sixth grader at Eisenhower Middle School, died after he was struck by the rear tires of a bus at Cardinal Bay Drive and Warner Way, just a couple of blocks from his house.

Austin had been running to catch the bus as it pulled away from the curb, when he tripped on his book bag and fell into the street, authorities said.

The lawsuit, which was assigned to Judge Frederick McDonald, asks for a $2 million judgment against both defendants. It also asks for $16,756 plus fees to pay for medical and funeral expenses.



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