A school bus driver injured in the fatal shooting at the Strikers Motorcycle Club in Atlanta last summer has made a strong recovery, according to her attorney.
“She’s back to driving her bus and back to focusing on her children, grandchildren and elderly mother,” said attorney George S. Johnson. “It’s not easy for a woman in her fifties to make a recovery like this, but she has shown incredible strength.”
Her life changed forever in the early hours of June 26, 2016, when a firefight broke out outside the club. One person was killed and four were hospitalized. According to attorney Johnson, the shooting was preventable.
“When we investigated, there appeared to be no security personnel on duty whatsoever,” Johnson explained. “Our investigation revealed that there had been many similar altercations nearby, and we contended that they could have stopped this tragedy by properly securing the premises. Instead, this wonderful lady will have a bullet in her leg for the rest of her life.”
She also has a permanent limp and needs to walk with a cane, Johnson said, along with facial scarring from the other bullet that struck her that night.
“We took legal action against the MC to help her with her medical bills and other expenses, but it wasn’t clear whether they even had insurance,” said Johnson. “So we took a leap of faith and filed a lawsuit anyway. It turned out that they did have coverage, and we were able to settle her case amicably and quickly without going through time-consuming and stressful litigation.”
According to Johnson, the outcome has given her a new lease on life.
“Obviously it would’ve been better if the shooting had never happened at all, but she’s come out of this experience as strong as ever.”