Courtesy of John Luke, The Times

CROWN POINT, Indiana (March 31, 2017)–Bradley and Carolyn Zolla filed suit on behalf of their 12-year-old daughter who was injured when a Superior ambulance crashed into her Valparaiso Community Schools bus two years ago today. The fifth-grade Memorial Elementary School student was on a field trip to Challenge Learning Center at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond when the collision occurred.

On March 31, 2015, twelve students, including Zolla, were injured in a crash involving the school bus and a Superior Ambulance Service ambulance in Union Township. The ambulance driver was cited at the scene for failing to yield the right-of-way and driving on a suspended license.

“This was a very frightening experience for the 62 passengers on that bus,” said Trent A. McCain, the Zolla family attorney. McCain said his client suffered a broken bone and other injuries, but was traumatized by the whole experience. “In the end, everyone is grateful because this certainly could have been much worse,” added McCain.

On August 15, 2015, Superior ambulance driver, Charles Fields III, entered a plea agreement and pled guilty to driving while suspended in Porter Superior Court No. 3 in exchange for the State dismissing the failure to yield the right-of-way charge.