Traffic Report: Toronto bus driver suspended over ‘N-word’ confrontation

A Toronto Transit Commission streetcar in Toronto April 10, 2005. REUTERS/Peter Jones
A TTC streetcar

For those of you thinking public transit drivers have a nice, problem-free job, think again.

On average one Toronto Transit Commission driver gets assaulted, or threatened, every day. This is a sobering statistic as told to CBC News by TTC spokesman Brad Ross.

Last week, a 60-year-old Toronto bus rider repeatedly verbally harassed and humiliated a TTC driver on his route from Kennedy Station to the University of Toronto Scarborough campus.

The man taunted the driver for twenty minutes, and as he got off bus screamed a racial slur at him in the form of the ‘N-word.’ Unfortunately, the TTC driver couldn’t hold it in any longer and became so enraged he chased the man down and punched him in the face.

The driver was suspended with pay following the incident, but no charges were laid against him. The other man was charged with assault with a weapon — a golf umbrella.

Cameras caught the incident on tape, which have been surrendered to police.

Three Alberta men charged in theft of pickup that hit police cruiser

What is the one thing you don’t want to do when you steal a vehicle? Answer: drive it into a police cruiser.

Around midnight on Monday, police were informed about a suspicious looking vehicle in Stettler, Alta. in an industrial park and two cruisers went to investigate.

For some inexplicable reason when the second cruiser showed up, the pickup turned toward the cruiser and rammed into it which sent the police vehicle skidding for about three metres.

The three young men, ranging in ages from 20 to 33 years have now been charged with possession of stolen property and possession of crystal meth. More charges are expected to be filed.

The officer whose vehicle was hit sustained minor injuries.

Saskatchewan man guilty of dangerous driving in construction worker death

Constructions jobs can be quite dangerous and that is made glaringly obvious in the next case.

A young woman was killed on her first day working on a construction flag project back in August of 2012 and the driver that killed her has now been found guilty of dangerous driving causing death, although he was acquitted of criminal negligence causing death.

Keith Dunford, a professional truck driver from Britain, drove an SUV at between 82 to 99 km/h — the speed limit was 60 km/h — when he struck Ashley Dawn Richards, whose body was thrown about the width of a Canadian Football League field.

Dunford got distracted looking at his immigration papers, an action he called a “momentary lapse.” The judge didn’t buy Dunford’s excuse and pointed out that there were eight construction signs posted to let him know he should have be more careful. Due to the signs, the judge stated, a reasonable person would have foreseen the risks, which Dunford ignored.

Dunford will be sentenced on October 30.

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