No hearing date has been set, but the lawsuit filed by parents of a Neosho Benton Elementary Schools student who died after being run over by a Neosho school bus seems to be moving along, according to Newton County Circuit Court records.
Patrick Michael Martucci, lawyer for the late Jacob Wright's parents, John and Terri Wright, filed a notice July 13 saying that a videotaped deposition will be taken of bus driver Bill Hoover, 72, who is a defendant in the lawsuit, along with the Neosho R-5 School District.
Jacob Wright was killed Dec. 16, 2004, near the intersection of Morrow and Summit streets in Neosho. Police Chief Dave McCracken explained what happened in a Neosho Daily News article published the following day. "Apparently, the boy was walking in the street near the bus when he fell under the vehicle and received his injuries." Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges said the official cause of death was "massive internal injuries."
The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 29 in Jasper County Circuit Court, then moved to Newton County Circuit Court on March 16.