Party bus company lacked permit before girl’s death

  • Wed Oct 3rd, 2012 8:28pm
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Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — The driver of a party bus from which a Portland girl fell and died wasn’t licensed to drive the bus and there were no other adults on board.

The company that employs the 61-year-old driver had licenses for four vehicles, but the bus wasn’t one of them.

The Oregonian reported the company, Five Star Limousine, had recently received a permit to operate in Portland.

Eleven-year-old Angie Hernandez died Saturday night after tumbling from the vehicle’s emergency window.

Officials say the fact that the driver, Martin R. Brouwer, wasn’t licensed is a “serious violation” which could bring thousands of dollars in fines.

The city of Portland suspended the company’s permits for its four licensed vehicles following the accident.