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$225,000 awarded in fatal Wake school bus wreck

Posted February 10, 2016

A judge ordered Wake County Schools on Feb. 5 to pay $225,000 to the estate of a man killed when he was hit by a school bus in 2013.

— The North Carolina Industrial Commission ordered the state to pay $225,000 to the estate of a man killed when he was hit by a Wake County school bus three years ago.

Joe Shelton, 41, of Clayton, was riding his scooter around 6:15 a.m. on Chapel Hill Road in Raleigh in March 2013, according to previous reports. The bus driver, Jimmie Eberhart, 65, of Cary, was making a left turn onto Edwards Mill Road when the bus collided with the scooter.

The Industrial Commission last Friday ordered the state to pay Shelton's children for his wrongful death. The award includes money for pain and suffering because Shelton lived for nearly an hour after being hit.

No students were on the bus at the time of the accident.

Although the wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the Wake County Public School System and the system was found negligent, the state takes responsibility for paying out money in school bus-related lawsuits.


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  • Sam Jaber Feb 10, 2016
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    if they have had DUI's, then what are they doing operating a moped/scooter????

  • Jacob Smith Feb 10, 2016
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    That's the first thing I thought - someone is DEAD + "pain and suffering" because they lived for 1 hour and it is worth $225,000.00

    I'd call James Scott Farrin!

  • Brandon White Feb 10, 2016
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    Okay Sam, if you outlaw scooters are you going to be willing to pay welfare and food stamps for the people who cannot afford cars, and insurance to get to work. Plus, do not forget the DUI crowd. Remember every action has an opposite an equal reaction.

    The school bus situation is a profit center for too many individuals. We treat our animals more humanely than the children we put on these busses and bus at all hours to all places. I think $225,000 dollars was a bargain.

    PS do not even mention public transportation which is ineffectual.

  • Sam Jaber Feb 10, 2016
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    Now every scooter that gets hit is going to expect hundreds of thousands of dollars....those things are a menace to the roads and should be OUTLAWED!!!!!

  • Edward Anderson Feb 10, 2016
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    Or maybe the judge felt the "accident" was partially the "victim's" fault. Driving a slow-moving, small, vehicle without lights in the dark? Not really a fantastically bright idea.

  • Sam Adams Feb 10, 2016
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    Only 225K? Apparently the judge did not value this man's life very highly.