Lawsuit filed over accident

Bus driver allegedly runs red light, hits man’s car

FONDA — A town of Amsterdam resident has filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Supreme Court against the Schoharie Central School District and one its bus drivers for injuries allegedly caused by a traffic accident.

According to a complaint filed March 22, Alex Giaconia, represented by attorney Amanda Rose, is suing bus driver Myrtle Bellinger and the Schoharie Central School District seeking money greater than the jurisdictional level of the lower courts.

The complaint alleges that on March 29, 2016, Alex Giaconia was in the passenger seat of a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt traveling north on Route 30 when a school bus driven by Bellinger ran through a red traffic light, into an intersection and smashed into the Cobalt, causing serious and personal injuries to Giaconia.

“Giaconia was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled. He was injured internally and externally, and was otherwise greatly injured. He suffered in said accident serious injury, as is defined in subsection (d) of section 5102 of the Insurance Law and in the future will be compelled to undergo great pain and suffering and submit to medical treatment in and about endeavoring to be cured of his said injuries,” reads the lawsuit. “He was disabled from performing his usual activities, and he will be in the future be prevented from carrying on such activities, as to his damages in an amount that exceeds the jurisdictional limits of all lower courts.”

The Schoharie Central School District and Bellinger have 20 days from March 22 to respond to the complaint, or else judgement will be taken against them by default.

Schoharie Central School District Superintendent David Blanchard said Bellinger has retired from working at the school district. He said the district has no further comment on the lawsuit.

Jason Subik covers Montgomery County. To reach him, email