|Published:||Mar 18, 2013 10:55 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 18, 2013 11:47 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, FL-- A local family is demanding change. Two of their children were injured after their school bus was struck by a Uhaul truck in February. The crash happened down Santa Barbara Boulevard and Southeast 8th Street in Cape Coral.
The driver of that Uhaul has a lengthy rap sheet and the family wants to make sure people like him cannot rent commercial vehicles.
The Uhual driver was just released from Lee Memorial Hospital earlier today.
As the Delashmit kids sit down for homework each night, they try their best to not think about what happened on school bus 2615.
"I want to erase it that way they can get on the bus and feel safe," said mother Misty Delashmit.
On February 20th, police say a man driving a Uhaul truck ran a red light at the intersection of SE 8th St. and Santa Barbara Blvd. and smashed in to the schools bus.
20 students, including Alison and Hunter Delashmit, were on board.
"When I hit my head I started to black out for like 5 or 6 seconds," said 11 year old Hunter Delashmit.
Hunter fractured his shoulder and Alison had a concussion. The family says they both still suffer from major headaches and frequent nosebleeds.
"They don't want to get out of bed, don't want to get on the bus, cry all the way down to the bus stop," said Delashmit.
Police say the Uhaul driver Bradford Tanner, might have also been drinking. He was last arrested in 2007 for abuse of a child and possession of cocaine and has been arrested seven times and faced multiple drug related charges.
"Isn't giving this person the keys to a commercial truck--isn't that just like handing a loaded gun to a monkey?," said Delashmit family's lawyer Marcus Viles.
Now the family demands major changes--mandatory background checks before companies rent out vehicles like Uhaul trucks.
"Maybe a little more careful in who they give the keys to," said Viles.
"I worry about it happening again, just as much as they do," said Delashmit.
The family's lawyer plans to file a lawsuit against the Uhaul driver later this week.
Cape Coral Police are still investigating and have not yet issued any charges.