POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa- The family of a western Iowa teen, who died in a 2017 school bus fire, has reached a settlement with the school district.
An NTSB report states bus driver Donnie Hendicks’ failure to control the bus and the failure of the Riverside Community School District to provide adequate oversight over Hendricks caused the accident, which caused his death, and the death of 16-year-old Megan Klindt.
Klindt’s parents filed the lawsuit claiming the district and its superintendent knew Hendricks could not perform his duties because of physical impairments.
The settlement means the trial in the case, which had been scheduled to begin on March 3rd, will no longer move forward.
The Klindts attorney issued a statement:
"No amount of money will ever bring Megan back. Megan’s family, as well as numerous witnesses and other community members, will continue to be haunted by the knowledge that her death could have easily been prevented if the numerous documented complaints and concerns of Riverside parents had been heeded by the school superintendent and transportation supervisor.”
(Photo of Megan Klindt from WHO-TV Channel 13)