Family members of woman in party bus accident take legal action - KCTV5 News


Party bus victim's family takes legal action, memorial ride held in victim's honor

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Family members of a 26-year-old mother killed in a party bus accident are taking legal action.

Jamie Frecks died in May after falling out of the Midnight Express party bus on Interstate 35 in Kansas City, KS.

At least three cars hit her after she fell out.

A Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration report said the bus had faulty brake reserves, emergency exits and exhaust systems.

Now, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Frecks' 3-month-old daughter, Emma Shields, through the child's father and Frecks' fiancé, Eric Shields.

Frecks' mother, Tamula S. Frecks, has also filed a survival action lawsuit.

On May 4, Jamie Frecks was out for a rare night of fun with 15 girlfriends for a bachelorette party when she somehow fell out the emergency door of the party bus they were riding. She was hit by three cars, but only one of the drivers stopped after hitting her.

The lawsuit said, "Within minutes of the bus entering onto Interstate 35 ... one of the double passenger-side rear doors ... suddenly and unexpectedly flew open" and Jamie Frecks was "sucked from the bus through the open door, causing one of her arms to strike the other double door before falling to the traffic lanes" of the interstate.

Family members have said this was the first time that she had gone out since her baby, Emma, was born about six weeks prior.

The lawsuits say that Midnight Express, Turf Design, employee Adam Breidenthal, employee Edward Goetz and employee Derrick Hansroth purchased the bus in 2010 and made extensive modification to it, including "removing some of the bus' safety features and blocking emergency exits."

Both lawsuits seek more than $75,000.

Family and friends of Jamie Frecks also hosted a memorial ride in her honor. The Saturday ride began at noon. The cost was $30 per bike or car.

The ride ended at Sharks Restaurants and Billiards with a party both celebrating Jamie Frecks' life and helping raise funds to support her baby daughter.

"We originally decided to have this ride to help raise funds to help deal with hospital bills and take care of Emma. Then it kind of evolved into us wanting to do this every year, so (we thought) ‘what are we going to do to help people remember Jamie?' So, we have a meeting set up with the principal and counselor for Turner High School, and we're going to form a scholarship. It's going to be the Jamie Frecks Memorial Scholarship," event organizer Becca Bruns.

Dozens of people turned out to remember Jamie Frecks with the fundraising efforts including a 50-50 drawing and a silent auction. Proceeds will go to the Jamie Frecks Memorial Fund.

First State Bank & Trust
10900 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66109

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