Emily Hong Accident: Google Finance Employee Emily Hong Died In Shuttle Bus Accident Near Google Campus In Mountain View
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA (November 7, 2018) An employee for Google identified as Emily Hong has tragically died after she was hit by a shuttle bus that transports Google’s employees around their campus.
Mountain View police are saying that the accident took place around 6:45 p.m. The sun in Mountain View sets at around 5:04 p.m. It would have already started getting dark when the victim was hit near Charleston Road and Huff Avenue outside Googleplex.
Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the Google shuttle bus accident in order to help Emily Hong. Unfortunately, life-saving measures were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gina Scigliano, a spokesperson for Google, said that Emily Hong worked in the company’s finance department. “[Emily] was beloved by her colleagues — she brought an incredible spark to Google. She was inquisitive, creative, analytical, positive, generous and kind — our deepest condolences are with her family and friends,” said Scigliano.
Police do not believe that the bus driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the victim was hit. Mountain view police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information about the accident is urged to contact authorities at (650) 903-6344.
You can also contact Officer Kevin Solomon at [email protected]
The Dangers Of Shuttle Buses
Shuttle buses are important in the Bay Area and for Google in particular. A number of residents in Mountain View and Palo Alto depend on them for work. They are much more green than traditional cars and much safer for passengers inside of the bus. However, shuttle buses pose a number of unique hazards not associated with other vehicles. Consider, for example, the following diagram showing blind spots on a bus. (image source: saaq.gouv.qc.ca)
It has been estimated that since the year 2,000 over 500 people have died as a result of blind spot accidents with buses. This is a problem for even the most well-trained bus drivers. The problem stems from the way many shuttle buses are designed. The mirrors on these buses are often cheaply made and don’t allow drivers to get a full view of what’s around them. In order to compensate for this, a number of bus drivers are taught to “bob and weave” in their seat in order to get a better view of their surroundings. It has been estimated that a number of the buses with dangerously large blind spots could be made significantly safer for only $300. This can be accomplished by moving the mirrors on the sides of the buses lower. Of course, driver negligence also plays a significant role in pedestrian accidents as well.
Liability In Shuttle Bus Accidents
There are a number of entities that could potentially face liability for the tragic bus accident that killed Emily Hong. When a worker is injured or killed in California there are a number of laws that can help the victim or their family. Employees or their family will normally be entitled to workers compensation if they were injured on the job. Employees are barred by statute from filing a claim against their employer directly, but workers compensation can help workers recover damages for lost wages and medical bills. In a number of circumstances, a worker or their family may also be able to file a third party negligence claim in addition to workers compensation.
A third party claim may arise when a company separate from a worker’s employer causes an accident. For example, a number of companies in the Bay Area like Tesla Inc. contract with other bus companies in order to get transportation for their employees. If a bus driver gets distracted and causes an accident the company that they work for may face vicarious liability. A number of bus accidents are also caused by poor maintenance of the bus. Buses have to be maintained like every other vehicle. It’s important to seek the legal advice of a bus accident attorney if you or someone you know is involved in a collision. An attorney can make sure that key pieces of evidence are being preserved and that your rights are being protected.
Getting A Police Report After A Shuttle Bus Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Emily Hong. It is our sincere hope that Mountain View police investigate what happened in order to prevent future accidents. It’s is clear by those that knew her that Emily was well loved and that she was taken far too soon. Anyone that may have seen the accident should reach out to the Mountain View Police Department.
If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a shuttle bus accident you may have legal recourse. Our personal injury attorneys can investigate your case and let you know where you stand in terms of your rights. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and are very proud of our record of advocacy for accident victims. Whether you need a police report after a bus accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.
- Nick Bastone. Google shuttle bus kills Google employee across from Mountain View campus. November 7, 2018.
- Brian Sherlock. Many buses have built-in blind spots that make driving them dangerous. November 5, 2018.