Thursday, July 29, 2010


An MBTA bus driver accused of nearly hitting a child was cleared for duty after the agency found no proof the incident ever happened.

A passenger who had just stepped off the Route 1 bus with her daughter yesterday morning had reported to the T that the driver pulled out of the Massachusetts Avenue bus stop while they were still in the street, grazing her daughter’s backpack.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said surveillance footage from the bus “shows no evidence of an incident or an accident.” Pesaturo also said the footage showed the woman and her daughter were crossing the street illegally.

The driver was removed from service as the agency investigated the claim and was later reinstated, Pesaturo said.

The reinstatement came hours after WCVB (Ch. 5) aired a report that a woman it identified as Abigail Perez said her 10-year-old daughter was nearly hit.

“My daughter was literally right in front of the bus and it grazed her backpack,” Perez told the TV station.

Pesaturo said that the passenger, who did not request medical assistance, also reported that the driver was being rude. No other passengers reported anything “out of the ordinary,” he said.

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