The driver told police the man boarded the bus at the corner of Cornell and Kipling drives in Dayton. The rider was reportedly being disorderly and bothering two women, so the driver told him to stop or he’d have to leave the bus.
The man got up and started arguing with him when the bus got to First and Perry streets, when the driver pulled over.
That’s when the assault happened.
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Donaghy said the driver — who suffered a small cut on his lip — is on administrative leave while they review the incident, which he said is standard procedure.
“We’re comfortable he acted in the right way, that’s our cursory, initial review and we’re more concerned about his well-being last night,” he said.
Assaults of bus drivers are rare, Donaghy said, and highlights an issue being discussed right now at the Statehouse in Columbus.
If it becomes law, House Bill 496 would elevate criminal charges for assaulting a transit worker in Ohio from a misdemeanor to a felony.
“If we could place placards on our buses to talk about how significant the penalty is for assaulting one of our employees, and event like last night may never happen,” Donaghy said.
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There are eight cameras aboard the RTA bus, which captured the entire incident.
Donaghy said he is confident the video will help lead authorities to a suspect and eventual conviction.
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