An Amtrak engineer has been charged in connection with causing a major catastrophe as he involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in 2015’s dramatic derailment as he accelerated to 106 mph on a 50 mph curve.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that it could not be found that Bostian acted with “conscious disregard” on accelerating the train to 106 mph on a 50 mph curve, according to CBS Philadelphia.
Victims’ families issue lawsuits
Civil lawyers who represent the family sought to issue a private complaint as they assert that Bostian is legally liable for the dramatic accident, after hearing the judgement’s call.
Moreover, veteran lawyer Richard Sprague said, “it’s almost like inviting drivers of vehicles and cars to drive recklessly.”
Lawyer Thomas R. Kline, who represent Jacob’s family, had issued a lawsuit on the victims’ family’s behalf said the charges wouldn’t have happened “had a courageous family, the Jacobs family, not stood up against the decision of a local prosecutor not to press charges. That was clearly wrong, as evidenced by the attorney general not only reversing course but adding charges”.
Victims’ lawyers have provoked speculations why Bostian would have accelerated the speed, instead of slowing down, if he had been sent into a shock by something striking the train.
Lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi, who represents three dozen victims said,”One thing he has never recollected is how or why he accelerated before the curve.”
Other lawyers have described NTSB report on the crash issued in 2016 as “whitewash” and a “quantum leap.”
Amtrak has been held accountable for the accident and was quick to pay $265 million to settle lawsuits issued by victims and their families. Kline and Mongeluzzi, prominent Philadelphia plaintiffs’ lawyers, helped reach a compromise.
Jacobs, 39, was a technology executive who lost her life in the dramatic derailment. Jabo’s father, a Michigan lawyer, had prompted Williams to prefer charges, CBS Philadelphia reports.
In a statement, the father John Jacob told The Associated Press, “I just feel that my daughter’s death needs to be vindicated. Here is a woman who died and nobody’s being punished. Somebody should be held responsible.”
The crash killed eight persons and injured about 200 others.