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RTA driver sentenced to one year probation, community service in fatal Public Square crash

Posted: 11:55 AM, Nov 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-13 17:06:48Z

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority bus driver who hit and killed a pedestrian in Public Square as she legally crossed an intersection in December of last year was sentenced Monday to one year of probation, 20 hours per month of community service for a year and a one-year driver's license suspension. 

Bus driver Antoinette Peterkin pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide last month

She was fired from her job 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. 

At the sentencing hearing Monday, Peterkin apologized to the victim's family. 

In addition to probation and community service, she was give a suspended six-month jail sentence.