GRTC terminates driver involved in deadly bus accident

Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The GRTC operator who struck and killed a pedestrian on September 30 at 14th and Franklin streets, was terminated from her position as a bus operator today.

The driver, Teresa Jones, 46, was dismissed for failing to follow standard operating procedures, according to a release from GRTC. She had been placed on paid administrative leave following the accident, which is standard procedure. She had been a GRTC operator since July 2005.

Jones was charged with reckless driving in the accident and is expected back in court in late December.

The deadly accident in which pedestrian Lucienda Lambert was alledgedly hit and killed by the GRTC bus Jones was driving wasn't the only time Jones was cited for reckless driving. She was ticketed in May for going 55 in a 35 mile per hour zone. She paid a fine and went to traffic school and the charge was dropped.

Jones never told GRTC management about the incident, which is against company policy.

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