The 16-year-old student critically injured in the February 2 Calvary Coach bus crash still needs a ventilator to breathe and is unable to speak. Matthew Cruz remains in critical condition at Boston Medical Center with no set date for release, according to a Philly.com article on Thursday.
Although he is alert and aware, Matthew underwent surgery this week to insert a tracheotomy tube. His mother is devastated. “The hardest part is just watching him suffer, day in and day out, and he did nothing to deserve it,” his mother, Megan Cruz said. “He did nothing wrong.”
Megan Cruz received a call around 8:30 on the night of the bus crash. Although she was told Matthew was hurt, she did not know where he was or the details of his injuries. Cruz finally identified Matthew on the phone with Boston Medical Center when she described his blue rubber wristband. When she saw her son, Cruz was shocked. “It just didn't look like my child,” she told Philly.com.
Matthew was one of 42 passengers on the bus when the driver failed to obey height limit warning signs and struck an overpass on a major roadway to the Massachusetts Turnpike. The bus’s roof caved in and injured more than 30 people. Driver Samuel J. Jackson was unharmed in the collision. The owner of Calvary Coach of West Philadelphia told NBC10 that Jackson was looking at his GPS and missed the signs.
Commercial vehicle accident attorney Jim Ronca filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of Matthew and his mother. The complaint alleges that Jackson’s negligence on the road caused Cruz to suffer serious injuries including a shattered vertebra along with numerous vertebrae fractures and bone fragments in his spinal canal. These injuries have led to other medical conditions that required further treatment. Matthew is still incapable of moving.