GRTC Bus Driver Had Reckless Driving History Before Fatal Pedestrian Accident

In Richmond, Virginia, a bus driver has been involved in a fatal pedestrian accident. Now authorities say that the transit driver has a recent past of reckless driving for the bus company.

Last Wednesday 55-year-old Loucendia Reed Lambert of Disputanta, Virginia, was crossing a Richmond intersection at about 8 am at 14th and Franklin Streets when she was hit by the bus. Lambert was pronounced dead at the scene of the pedestrian accident and the intersection was closed for over three hours as investigators examined the scene.

The GRTC bus was driven by 46-year-old Teresa Jones of Richmond, Virginia, who has been charged with reckless driving in relation to the fatal VA pedestrian accident. Now reports are revealing that Jones had been cited for reckless driving just five months before the fatal bus accident. GRTC said that they were never notified of the previous reckless driving incident. Jones was in her own car early this summer when she was charged with failure to wear her seat belt and reckless driving in downtown Richmond. The reckless driving charges were dropped after Jones attended a driving school.

Jones had been a bus driver with GRTC for the past three years. Jones was found to be free of illegal substances at the time of the pedestrian accident and is now on paid leave from her job as a bus driver.

Lambert was on her way to work at the Virginia Department of Health in the state’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program at the time of the pedestrian accident.

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