Eight people have filed a lawsuit claiming they were left permanently disabled last year when the party bus in which they were riding was struck from behind by a Hummer whose driver died in the crash.
Brian Rolando, 27, of Fair Lawn, was killed on May 7, 2016, when his Hummer rear-ended the party bus about 3 a.m. on McLean Boulevard near Edwards Street in Paterson.
Rolando's father, Maurice, is also named as a defendant because he owned the Hummer, the suit states.
The party bus passengers claim in court papers they suffered "serious and permanent injuries" as a result of Rolando's alleged carelessness and recklessness.
The passengers are identified as Cashima Newman, Sheereen Clark, Kiara Glover, Jose Lopez, Carlos Aponte, Elijah Hogges, Greysly Pichardo and Said Galloway, according to the suit filed June 9 in Bergen County Superior Court.
The passengers are all under age 30.
They were leaving a gathering when the crash occurred, according to Christian Ormello, a case manager for attorney Brandon J. Broderick, who filed the lawsuit.
Most of the injuries were neck and back, although some suffered head injuries, Ormello said Thursday.
The passengers are also suing an unnamed business believed to have served alcohol to Rolando before the crash, Ormello said, adding that attorneys believe Rolando was intoxicated.
The business was not named in the suit because attorneys have not yet determined where Rolando was allegedly drinking, Ormello said.
Paterson police referred calls about the crash to the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, where a spokeswoman was not available for comment.
In addition to Rolando, the suit names party bus driver Tomasz Skorniewski of Stroudsburg, Pa.
Skorniewski, who worked for Gallery Limousine of New York, is accused of recklessness, carelessness and of maintaining or repairing the bus in a condition that contributed to the crash, according to the suit.
A message left Thursday with Skornieski's brother, Kamil, was not returned.
In addition to the drivers, the suit names Philadelphia Indemnity, State Farm and Geico insurance companies, claiming they failed to pay claims in the matter.
Born in Wayne, Brian Rolando lived in West Milford for most of his life before moving to Fair Lawn.
He was a security guard who earned an associate's degree in criminal justice.
At the time of his death he was studying biology/pre-med with honors at Montclair State University in the hopes of becoming a cardiologist, according to his obituary.
Rolando's family members could not be reached for comment.