WA: C-Tran Sued for Wrongful Death of Boy in 2012 Crash

June 11--The family of an 11-year-old boy who died after a collision with a C-Tran bus in 2012 has sued the transit agency in a wrongful death complaint.

Ben Fulwiler was riding his bicycle south on Main Street in Vancouver when a bus, also traveling south, turned left onto 27th Street on April 28, 2012. Fulwiler and the bus collided, causing the boy to then be run over by the vehicle's rear-end wheels. He later died at a hospital.

Fulwiler's parents, Dustin Fulwiler and Jennifer Kanna, allege that the driver of the bus, Deborah Knox, acted negligently and failed to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians or bicycles in the moments leading up to the collision.

Knox did not face criminal charges as a result of the crash. She is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, only C-Tran, which the complaint argues is legally responsible for the boy's death.

The lawsuit seeks economic and non-economic damages. The family had previously filed a claim with C-Tran seeking $15 million, according to attorney Kenneth Friedman.

This story will be updated.

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