RTA bus driver charged with vehicular homicide in fatal Public Square crash

CLEVELAND - The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority bus driver who hit and killed a pedestrian in Public Square as she legally crossed an intersection has been indicted on charges of vehicular homicide. 

Bus driver Antoinette Peterkin was fired in January.

Joan Kuendig, 69, was hit by the bus as it attempted to make a left-hand turn onto Rockwell Avenue on Dec. 7 of last year. 

She died at MetroHealth Medical Center. 

An investigation found that the crash was preventable.

"The investigation confirmed that, while Ms. Peterkin did slow down when proceeding north on East Roadway, she failed to come to a complete stop prior to making the left turn onto Rockwell," RTA authorities said earlier this year. 

During a hearing regarding the incident, Peterkin expressed remorse for the death of Kuendig and her family and explained the crash was an accident, according to Peterkin's personnel file. 

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