New documents reveal what a California bus driver was doing when he left a 19-year-old autistic student to die on a hot school bus two years ago. According to Whittier Daily News, the bus driver was focused on sending sexually explicit text messages to a coworker who he later had sex with, all while the teen was still on the overheated bus.
Legal documents were filed Tuesday by the victim’s family. The documents include a Whittier police report that reveal a dozen of the text messages sent between bus driver Armando Ramirez and a woman who also worked as a bus driver. The texts were sent around the time Hun Joon “Paul” Lee, who was nonverbal, was left on the bus.
According to the report, the two drivers told police they met at Ramirez’s house to have sex that day. The female driver told police she felt guilty because while she and Ramirez were having sex, “this kid was dying, and we were laughing.”
Ramirez was sentenced in January to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of dependent adult abuse. Lee’s family is now suing the Pupil Transportation Cooperative, the bus company that employed the two drivers, and the Whittier Union High School District.
Robert Glassman of Panish, Shea & Boyle LLP is an attorney for the family. He said in the report that Ramirez was supposed to be doing a sweep of the bus but instead was obsessed with having sex with his coworker.
“He neglected the safety of students, of Paul that day, so he could have sex with the other driver,” Glassman said. Glassman also alleged that the school bus company was permissive in its treatment of relationships between employees. According to the report, Ramirez left the parking lot without permission to see his girlfriend and did not return to his midday or evening shifts. Lee was left on the bus for hours.
Lee’s family became worried when their son didn’t return home. They called the school and Whittier police. Their son was found unconscious and lying on the floor of a the parked school bus. According to the report, Lee died at the scene.
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