Republished from Richmond Times Dispatch
GRTC fires bus driver in fatality; victim’s family sues for $10 million
By Bill Mckelway
Published: November 26, 2009
Richmond Times Dispatch
GRTC Transit System yesterday announced the firing of the driver in a fatal bus accident less than an hour after the family of the pedestrian killed in the incident filed a $10 million wrongful-death suit.
A company spokesman declined to comment about the suit. News of the firing of 46-year-old Teresa L. Jones came in the form of a four-sentence news release that does not mention her by name.
The suit, filed by the family of Loucendia Reed Lambert, 55, of Disputanta, claims Lambert’s death Sept. 30 “was directly . . . caused by carelessness, recklessness and negligence in the operation of the bus.” Jones and GRTC are listed as defendants.
Lambert was crossing North 14th Street when the westbound bus made a right turn from East Franklin Street onto 14th. It was not clear whether Lambert was in a crosswalk or was crossing with a green light. She had been a longtime employee of the state Department of Health.
According to GRTC, Jones, who lives in South Richmond, had been on paid administrative leave since the incident and had been a company bus operator since July 2005. Jones is facing a reckless-driving charge in Richmond General District Court.
The filing of the suit comes less than two weeks after a Richmond jury awarded $8 million to a Library of Virginia research librarian who suffered severe injuries when she was struck by a GRTC bus crossing North Eighth Street two years ago. Both suits are being handled by the Richmond-based law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen.
Contact Bill McKelway at (804) 649-6601 or firstname.lastname@example.org .