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Baby Killed By Jitney Driver on Cell Phone in West New York, New Jersey

By: Luis Haquia, Esq.

A tragic accident took the life of an 8-month old baby in West New York, NJ on Tuesday. My condolences to the family for their loss, lo siento. The bus was travelling on Boulevard East near 56th Street when it struck a lamppost. The lamppost fell and hit a carriage holding the baby. CPR was attempted, but the baby, Angelie Paredes, died before reaching the hospital.

The bus involved in this accident was a jitney operated by the Sphinx bus company in Ridgefield. The jitney provided service between New York City and New Jersey. According to police, the driver, Idowu Daramola, was using his cell phone and possibly speeding when he lost control of the bus.

After the bus hit the lamppost, the jitney continued on to hit a tree and another pole before hitting a parked car. The impact sent the parked car moving into other parked cars. At least four cars were damaged and four people in one of those cars were brought to a local hospital for treatment.

The baby, her mother Maylin Hogo, and the driver were all brought to the hospital. The driver, 48-year old Idowu Daramola of Thornwood, NY, was seen wearing a neck brace at the scene. The mother suffered no serious injuries.

From his hospital room, Daramola has been charged with reckless driving, death by auto, and using a cell phone while operating a vehicle. “Bus and jitney drivers are absolutely not allowed to be on their phones while operating a bus,” says Samuel L. Davis, who is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. Samuel Davis, should know, having handled a wrongful death case caused by a distracted jitney driver’s negligence in Englewood, New Jersey that resulted in the death of a senior citizen as she was crossing within a crosswalk. Davis further commented, “Drivers hired by jitney operators should be required to have the same training as commercial bus and tractor trailer drivers. All of these jitney accidents that happened in West New York, Atlantic City and Englewood could have been avoided by proper training and regulation.”

Samuel L. Davis is a New Jersey attorney in Teaneck, NJ and a founding partner of the law firm Davis, Saperstein, & Salomon, P.C. He is experienced in representing people injured in bus, jitney and public transportation accidents. “This baby’s death was an easily preventable tragedy. The driver and the company that hired him must be held accountable,” said Sam Davis who can be reached at 1- (800) LAW-2000 to discuss this case or any other vehicle injury.

Luis Haquia, the author, is also certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a civil trial attorney, a distinction held by less than 3% of all of New Jersey lawyers. Born in Cuba, and raised in West New York, Hudson County, New Jersey and is a strong advocate for the injured Spanish speaking clients of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C.