Tiverton resident injured in Berkley bus crash files civil suit

(WJAR)

A woman who was seriously injured in a Berkley bus crash that left more than 20 people hurt has filed a civil suit against the driver of a car who prosecutors said caused the ordeal.

Attorney Brian Cunha told NBC 10 News he filed the suit in Newport County Superior Court Wednesday on behalf of Tiverton resident Tiffany Briere and her 11-year-old daughter, who were both injured in the crash.

According to the lawsuit, Christy Gilpatrick, 27, of Warren, was travelling in the same direction as the bus when she sideswiped another vehicle and lost control of her car, forcing the bus off the road.

The bus then flipped overall several times before coming to a stop in a ditch, the suit noted.

"The aforesaid collision was directly caused by the negligence and recklessness of the Defendant, Christy Gilpatrick," reads the suit.

Cunha said Gilpatrick needs to be held accountable for her actions.

"Here is a girl (Gilpatrick) who drove a bus off the road with 23 people on board who were injured, 18 or 19 of them seriously, with six of them still in Rhode Island Hospital. My client has 150 staples across her head and her daughter has a fractured elbow, that will likely result in permanent injury," said Cunha.

Cunha said Briere was just released from the hospital Wednesday.

Briere is asking the court for financial relief and is demanding a jury trial.

Gilpatrick was arraigned Monday on several criminal charges, including OUI, which is her second offense. She is currently out on $2,500 bail.

A GoFundMe account has been setup for the victims to help pay for their medical expenses.

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