People travel by party bus so they can enjoy their evening safely without having to drive. However, in this case the party bus was not enough to protect this group of passengers from an alleged drunk driver.
Eight passengers in a party bus have filed a lawsuit against the estate of Brian Rolando, the 27 year old driver of a Hummer that drove into their party bus at around three in the morning on May 7, 2016. Rolando was killed in the crash.
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.
A resident of Fair Lawn, Rolando was working as a security guard and had an associate’s degree in criminal justice. According to his obituary, at the time of the accident, he was studying biology/pre-med at Montclair State University. He had planned to go to medical school and then become a cardiologist.
Reference: Wealth Advisor (June 26, 2017) “8 People Hurt In Party Bus Crash Sue Dead Driver's Estate”