Tallahassee, FL -- May 22, 2012
WCTV now has a copy of a lawsuit filed against the charter bus company at the center of a deadly FAMU hazing scandal. Drum major Robert Champion was beaten aboard one of those buses and later died. The negligence suit names the driver of the bus, and claims she's partly responsible for Champion's death.
The lawsuit names Wendy Millette as the driver of the bus on which Robert Champion died. The documents say Millette stood guard while Champion was being beaten inside the bus and says not only did she know and allow hazing on previous trips, but Millette told others that she was a part of the "Bus C" posse.
Earlier this month thirteen people were charged for the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion. The Champion Family attorney however, says the bus company and the driver of the bus Champion died on, are also responsible.
FAMU Student, Kai Blake says, "Since they were on the bus, I guess they kind of assume liability over that kind of situation. So, they kind of just take that responsibility just by letting them on the bus." Champion died November 19th in Orlando after a hazing ritual on board a Fabulous Coach Lines charter bus.
The lawsuit against the company and driver Wendy Millette says at one point Champion came to the doorway of the bus and started vomiting in the parking lot. It goes on to say Millette was standing guard at the door and told Champion he would be alright and forced him back onto the bus, where he was beaten some more.
FAMU Student Bakiva Thomas says, "I can't assume what thoughts that she may have had, but maybe in her mind she was thinking it would be best for him to get back on the bus where it's cooler; and maybe she had in mind to try to get some help for him." The lawsuit says Millette frequently participated or allowed hazing on her bus, even while driving down the highway. In fact, the documents say she bragged that she was a part of the "Bus C" posse.
WCTV contacted the owner of Fabulous Coach Lines, Ray Land, and we have not heard back from him. Our calls to Millette's attorney were also not returned.
Public records in the pending criminal cases related to the Robert Champion investigation will be released tomorrow. We're told the documents are hundreds of pages long. We will have that information for you once it is released.