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Children Struck by Truck at Bus Stop Still Recovering

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The family arriving at their lawyer's office. The family arriving at their lawyer's office.
Rodnesha Beverly with her 2-year-old son Amir. Rodnesha Beverly with her 2-year-old son Amir.

LAS VEGAS -- Three small children seriously injured when a truck crashed into a bus stop shelter last month are now out of the hospital and back home with their parents.

The parents are bringing a lawsuit against the Regional Transportation Center claiming the bus stop was not far enough back from the road.

The crash happened at the intersection of Bonanza Road and Lamb Boulevard on the morning of Sept. 20, 2013 when two trucks collided sending one of the trucks into the bus shelter where Rodney James waited with his three young boys.

The kids barely escaped alive and continue to suffer from injuries sustained in the crash. Damari, 5, is all smiles considering his head still bears the scar from a skull fracture. His 4-year-old brother Davon suffered broken legs and internal bleeding. Both children are still in wheelchairs. The youngest child, Amir, 2, also bears a scar from his skull fracture.

Their mother, Rodnesha Beverly, said she never was never far from the boys during their hospitalization.

"I stayed at UMC everyday that they were there," she said.

James was taking the boys home from an overnight daycare after he finished working a graveyard shift.

"We were there no longer than five minutes. I could look up and it was seconds before the truck hit all three of them," he said.

James found Damari stuck inside the wheel wall of one of the trucks. Another boy was silent and the other was crying.

"I wasn't worried about my injuries, I was worried about my kids."

Their attorney Matt Callister says the bus stop shelter at Bonanza and Lamb was not far enough back from the road leaving the family few options when the trucks came at them.

"It's every parent's absolute nightmare," Callister said.

The RTC oversees all bus shelters for the county and city. Callister says the family will soon file a lawsuit against the RTC suing for damages.

"It's a known problem and it needs to be fixed," Callister said.

The city of Las Vegas recently earmarked $1 million to go toward moving hundreds of bus shelters further back from the road. For this family, it's too little, too late.

"It crushes my heart to see them not be able to do the things they want to do. They get frustrated. They have pain, I see it in their faces," James said.

Riding the bus is the family's only mode of transportation. They took the bus to Callister's office for the interview. They worry other families could just as easily find themselves in the same situation.

City of Las Vegas officials say the bus shelter were the children were injured is a top priority on their list of bus shelters that will be moved further back from the road.

One of the drivers involved in the crash has approached the family and offered to settle. The family is considering the offer. They are facing millions of dollars in medical expenses. An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help the family. Checks or cash can be donated to the James Injured Childrens Fund.

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