Civil lawsuit filed in team bus crash; Coon Rapids resident injured

A civil lawsuit was filed March 21 in a Pennsylvania court on behalf of a Coon Rapids resident, a member of the Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse team who was seriously injured when the team’s bus veered of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Carlisle and crashed into a tree March 17.

The accident claimed the life of the team’s pregnant coach and the bus driver.

At least two players suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to Hershey Medical Center, including Amanda Michalski, 18, Coon Rapids, the plaintiff in the suit, who suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries.

“This is the latest in a long series of tragic and preventable bus accidents, requiring top to bottom review and reform of bus safety practices,” said attorney Shanin Specter, of Philadelphia-based Kline & Specter, P.C., who is representing Michalski, a freshman at Seton Hill, a Catholic liberal arts college near Pittsburgh, Pa.

The suit, filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, names Mlaker Transportation, Inc., of Davidsville, Pa., as the defendant in the case.

It claims the company’s driver, Anthony M. Guaetta was negligent and reckless in the 8:45 a.m. crash that saw the bus strike a guardrail and then travel some 75 yards before hitting a tree.

The team’s head coach, Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, Pa., died of her injuries. She was about six months pregnant, according to news reports, and her unborn son did not survive.

Michalski and a teammate were airlifted to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, while other passengers on the bus were treated and released at local hospitals.