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Disabled Student Dies on Bus, Prompts Suit

The family of an 18-year-old student with severe autism and a seizure disorder who died on a Miami-Dade County school bus is suing the public school district, the Miami Herald reports.

The family says none of the four adults on the bus came to the aid of Kenneth Pierre-Louis as he suffered a heart attack and seizures in 2012. The driver tells a different story, saying 911 was called right away, the Herald reports. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Pierre-Louis was founded wedged between the seats of the bus, and witnesses told paramedics the young man started having seizures 15 minutes before help arrived.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, the family of a woman who died during a two-day road trip to a Florida correctional facility wonders just how that could happen.

Denise Isaacs didn’t survive a trip earlier this month from Kentucky to the Charlotte County jail in Punta Gorda, the Miami Heraldreports. The 54-year-old, who suffered from bipolar disorder, anxiety and chronic abdominal pain, was being sent to Florida after violating her probation.

Now, law enforcement officials are investigating whether Prisoner Transportation Services of America provided proper attention and care for Isaacs. The Herald reports it’s not the first time the company has been questioned over its procedures; in 2009, two prisoners escaped while en route.

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