RTA driver fired after agency finds Public Square crash that injured man ‘preventable’

September 24, 2018

RTA driver fired after agency finds Public Square crash that injured man ‘preventable’

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Greater Cleveland RTA has fired a bus driver involved in a crash that seriously injured a pedestrian last month at Cleveland’s Public Square.

Rose McDonald, 60, was fired because an internal investigation found the crash “preventable,” the RTA said in a statement Monday afternoon.

McDonald had been employed by the RTA since November 2005.

She has not been charged in the crash, Cleveland Municipal Court records show. Cleveland police have not said if she could face criminal or traffic charges.

McDonald tested negative for alcohol or drug use after the crash, an RTA spokeswoman said.

A 61-year-old man suffered serious injuries in the crash that happened about 5 p.m. at the intersection of West Superior Avenue at West Roadway, police said.

McDonald stopped at a red light on West Roadway just before the crash. The man stood feet away, waiting for a “Don’t Walk” signal to turn to “Walk” so he could cross West Superior Avenue, police said.

The traffic light turned green at the same moment the “Don’t Walk” signal changed to “Walk.” McDonald turned as the man crossed the street, and the bus struck his foot, police and an RTA spokeswoman said.

The RTA suspended McDonald without pay after the crash, per the agency’s standard protocol. It held a hearing Sept. 17 before announcing her firing.

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