Who Killed Frosty?

It was a horrific video. The victim was standing innocently in the street in Champaign-Urbana when a city bus is shown swerving to hit him. The victim literally seems to explode — piece flying under and over the bus. The bus driver has now resigned, but the snowman will never see Christmas.

The video you can watch transfixed as “thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump, Look at Frosty go.”

Jan Kijowski, a spokeswoman for Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, will only say that the driver has resigned. I will note that the snowman was placed in the middle of the street.

Of course, all hope is not lost . . .

For Frosty the snowman
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
“Don’t you cry,
I’ll be back again some day.”
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Look at Frosty go.
Thumpetty thump thump,
Thumpety thump thump,
Over the hills of snow.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/champaign-urbana-bus-snowman-111815254.html?dr#ixzz186vTfeI3

Jonathan Turley

31 thoughts on “Who Killed Frosty?”

  1. hey cant one claim contributory negligence on the part of the Snowman… standing in the middle of a snow covered road.. wearing camouflage dress to blend in with the snow behind and refusing to move even as vehicles sverve around him…

  2. Couldn’t the driver have been trying to regain control after the car swerved in his lane?

  3. I’m with the suicide crowd. Some people choose “suicide by cop,” other cold-hearted types do “suicide by bus.”

    When I used to ride the bus, hiomicide was more often on my mind…

  4. Mespho, on the other hand, The lanes were snowy but it didn’t look like there was ice and there were no oncoming cars. The bus driver may well have been thinking that the snowman could get someone killed if the driver approaching it thought it was a person and swerved into the pole or tree to avoid hitting it or hit the thing and the top of it went through the windshield. It also didn’t look like the bus was going at an unsafe speed. Buses are big and heavy and unless there is ice on the street their weight makes them less likely to slide around on snow, they just plow right through it.

    I rode buses for years and even after I had a car I’d ride buses when it snowed (St. Louis got a lot of snow) because they were safer than driving on snow. I had a bus stop less than a block away so it was convenient and that did play a big part also I confess. Also, I must disclose my dad was a bus driver and cautioned me to take the bus under such conditions based on the ‘safer in snow/weight’ argument.

  5. rafflaw is right

    “frosty” the “snowman” was found with a pile of suspicious white powder.

  6. You lawyers need to give the bus driver the benefit of the doubt. He was likely just texting with both thumbs with one elbow on the steering wheel and was surprised to see a snowman–instead of a child–in the middle of the road.

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