Distracted bus drivers everywhere
TriMet is not the only transit agency in the nation with some distracted drivers. A wrongful-death lawsuit was just filed against San Francisco transit agency Muni. In April of 2010 pedestrian Scott Whitsett was killed while crossing Mission Street, a busy street in the city. The suit alleges that the driver of the bus was momentarily distracted because she was busy unwrapping a candy bar. When she noticed Whitsett walking in front of the bus, she accidentally accelerated when she intended to apply the brakes. As a result, Whitsett was pinned against another Muni bus and killed.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Whitsett’s husband and seeks unspecified damages. It’s another tragic story about an unnecessary death. Pedestrians are at the mercy of vehicles. For more on this story, see this article.