During her lunch break, a high school teacher from South Carolina was killed when she was hit by a utility pole.
Jeunelle Robinson, a teacher at Wagener-Salley High School in Wagener, South Carolina, about 40 miles southwest of Columbia, was struck by the utility pole that flew into the air at an intersection on August 23.
One of the poles that was pushed down by the truck and struck the beloved social studies teacher was one that became tangled in the powerlines.
Emergency personnel flew Robinson to Augusta University Medical Center after rushing her to Aiken Regional Medical Centers, where she was later declared dead.
According to WRDW, Robinson’s family is currently asking for $100 million for her estate as well as a $10 million trust to provide an annual scholarship in Robinson’s honor.
Utility Companies Faulted for Failure to Inspect Decades-Old Pole
The wooden utility pole was decades old, according to a lawyer for Robinson’s relatives, and if utility companies had performed an inspection, it wouldn’t have fallen.
According to Rep. Justin Bamberg, the family’s counsel, the family is requesting that utility providers invest $20 million into regional electricity infrastructure and pay the Robinson estate $100 million as compensation for their suffering.
According to Bamberg, the family is asking for $10 million to create a scholarship in Robinson’s honor for college students in Aiken County who want to become teachers.
According to Bamberg, the companies responsible for maintaining the electricity poles at the crossroads should have done more to prevent the disaster.
At the South Carolina school, Robinson was in her second year of instruction.
Two days after Robinson’s passing, the school’s football team postponed their Friday night game and made the announcement on their official Facebook page.
In remembrance of Robinson’s passing, the school also postponed an open house and a volleyball match.
Source: New York Post