- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed against the director of New Brunswick’s fire department who admitted to careless driving after hitting three children walking in a crosswalk.

Robert Rawls was fined $206 in 2014 stemming from the accident.

Rawls was driving a city-owned sport utility vehicle in May 2014, when he hit Jocelyn Pelaez, Arly Melquiadez and John Mejia. The children sustained broken bones.

The Home News Tribune reports (http://mycj.co/1QHSRM7 ) that Pelaez filed a lawsuit last month accusing the city and school negligence.

The suit stays Rawls was involved in at least 18 accidents and charged with seven motor vehicle violations before the accident. Rawls is accused of driving carelessly.

Rawls wasn’t immediately available for comment.

A city spokeswoman says they won’t comment on pending litigation.

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Information from: Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, N.J.) , http://www.mycentraljersey.com

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