Muni News: Husband Of Man Killed By Candy-Bar Unwrapping Muni Driver Sues Transit Agency

by Accidental Bear

Well break me off a piece of that! How tragic.~AB

via sfappeal.com

As we reported as the tragic events unfolded, 49-year-old Scott Whitsett was died after being hit by a 14-Mission bus on the morning of April 21 of last year. And now, SFPD’s investigation into the death concluded, the man’s husband has taken matters into his own hands and filed a wrongful-death suit.

Whitsett was reportedly struck on Mission St. between Beale and Main, first getting pinned between the 14-Mission and 14-Mission Limited and then run over just outside the LexisNexis office where he’d worked since 1998. He was hit at around 11am and sadly pronounced dead at 11:46am at SF General. Both drivers of the buses were placed on non-driving status and drug/alcohol tested.

As the Ex reports, Whitsett’s husband, Theodore Glaza filed the suit against the SFMTA in SF’s Superior Court, accusing Muni of carelessness and negligence. Glaza’s civil complaint cites one of the bus drivers, Kimberley Faye Johnson as being distracted by, of all things, a candy bar.

Johnson was driving the 14-Mission at the time and was reportedly unwrapping a candy bar while doing so. The Ex reports that when she saw Whitsett crossing, she accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake, pinning Whitsett to her bus and the 14-Mission Limited and killing him.

The wrongful death suit was filed Monday.

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One Comment to “Muni News: Husband Of Man Killed By Candy-Bar Unwrapping Muni Driver Sues Transit Agency”

  1. Truly tragic. However, when your schedule often doesn’t make for time for needed rest and meal breaks, it’s understandable that you might need a snack. Furthermore, the wrongful death suit claims that MUNI has a dreadful safety record, though the number of accidents seems to be improving somewhat. This was the first MUNI fatality this year. Not bad considering the number of hours that the hundreds of drivers spend on the road. Here are some stats courtesy of the examiner:

    Total number of incidents by year, along with those that have resulted in deaths:

    Total Muni collisions

    2006: 50

    2007: 64

    2008: 65

    2009: 42

    Pedestrian fatalities from Muni collisions

    2006: 4

    2007: 8

    2008: 4

    2009: 2

    Source: SFMTA

    Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/man-dies-after-muni-collision#ixzz1NlyXTD7d

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