“Eight people have filed a lawsuit claiming they were left permanently disabled last year, when the party bus in which they were riding was struck from behind by a Hummer whose driver died in the crash.”
Brian Rolando was killed on May 7, 2016 when his Hummer rear-ended a party bus about 3 AM in Paterson, New Jersey. His estate now faces some legal issues because of the circumstances surrounding his death.
Wealth Advisor notes in its June 26 article, “8 People Hurt In Party Bus Crash Sue Dead Driver's Estate,” that Rolando's father, Maurice, is also named as a defendant, because he owned the Hummer. The passengers are all under age 30.
In the complaint, the party bus passengers claim they suffered "serious and permanent injuries" from Rolando's alleged carelessness and recklessness. The passengers were leaving a party, when the crash occurred, says the office of the attorney who filed the lawsuit. Most of the plaintiffs’ injuries were to the neck and back, but some suffered head injuries.
In addition, the passengers have brought a claim against an unnamed business that’s thought to have served alcohol to Rolando before the crash. The passengers’ attorneys contend that Rolando was intoxicated. However, the specific business wasn’t named in the suit because attorneys have yet to determine the location where Rolando was allegedly drinking. In addition to Rolando, the suit names the party bus driver Tomasz Skorniewski. He worked for Gallery Limousine of New York, and is accused of recklessness, carelessness, and of maintaining or repairing the bus in a condition that contributed to the crash, the complaint states.
In addition to the drivers, the complaint names Philadelphia Indemnity, State Farm and GEICO insurance companies, claiming they failed to pay claims in the accident.
Brian Rolando was born in Wayne, NJ, and lived in West Milford for most of his life, before moving to Fair Lawn. His obituary said that he was a security guard who earned an associate's degree in criminal justice. He was studying biology/pre-med with honors at Montclair State University, with plans of becoming a cardiologist.
Reference: Wealth Advisor (June 26, 2017) “8 People Hurt In Party Bus Crash Sue Dead Driver's Estate”