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Jury Selection Begins For Wrongful Death Trial

According to Enterprise News, school bus driver Tracy A. Lopes ran into a disabled pedestrian in Brockton in 2007 and now faces a civil injury trial. Today, jury selection has begun in Boston for the Raynham local's vehicle-pedestrian accident case concerning the death of 46-year-old Brockton resident Lisa Herlihy.

Herlihy's sister Kim Berggren had filed a wrongful death suit against Lopes and her employer, the First Student Inc. bus company, this past December. According to Berggren's Boston personal injury attorney Mark Petti, his client is the executor of Lisa Herlihy's estate and is suing for "unspecified damages." The lawsuit claims Tracy Lopes was grossly negligent when she struck and killed Herlihy.

A police report stated that Lisa Herlihy had osteoporosis and Parkinson's disease. She was using a walker while crossing Belmont Street when the bus slammed into her as it took a right turn into Manomet Street. Three young Brockton students and a bus monitor were in the bus, but none of them were injured in the accident.

Lopes had also been criminally charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, but a clerk magistrate denied the charge later on after a closed-door hearing and further review of the case. As for the civil trial, it will be held in Boston's Suffolk Superior Court and will likely last all the way through next week. Judge Thomas E. Connolly will preside over the trial.

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