David L. Smith, a lawyer representing a girl who was seriously injured during the crash, asked a judge to ask Norman Public Schools to release the bus video. According to him, Ty Bell will use his mobile on September 29, when he took control of the school bus, The Oklahoman reported. Bell had sent Cleveland Elementary School students to Sea World in San Antonio.
Smith said the Texas Highway Patrol had requested the video for their investigation, but the district refused to cooperate.
"The Texas Highway Patrol suspected Ty Bell was using his cell phone at the time of the crash and caused the crash," Smith wrote in his request. "The bus in question is equipped with a video that shows the actions of Ty Bell at the time of the crash, and Norman Public Schools has this video."
Bell & # 39; s lawyer Tracy Schumacher called the cell phone claim "false and false".
"The Texas law enforcement officials investigated Ty Bell's use of a cell phone immediately prior to and at the time of the accident, and they did not find one," Schumacher said. "There were two adults behind Ty Bell who were using mobile could have seen. They have not seen one. & # 39;
Norman Public Schools filed a separate motion, looking for an order to protect "the confidentiality of the video of the accident". Superintendent Nick Migliorino denied that the district had refused to hand over the video to the highway patrol.
Cleveland County District Judge Michael D. Tupper has yet to decide on the video request.
The Texas Department of Public Safety mentioned speed as a factor in the bus accident in which three adults and 24 girls of the fifth grade of the school in Norman were injured.
The bus hydroplated on a wet road, rolled over and hit a fence. The DPS report said that the driver took "the wrong evasive action", causing him to lose control.
Bell was the only one who wore a safety belt and he was not injured in the crash. Three students and two teachers were seriously injured according to the report.
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