Amanda Mahnke, Representative Rick Larsen’s communications director who was seriously injured when an empty bus struck her on September 3, is suing Metro for Washington DC personal injury. She is seeking $30 million in damages.
According to Mahnke’s DC bus accident lawsuit, she sustained permanent injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, a broken clavicle, a fractured skull, fractured ribs, a collapsed long, an epidural hematoma, a pelvis fracture, and other personal injuries when she was struck by the Metro bus while she crossing an intersection on Florida Avenue, NW. She is accusing Metro of negligence for allowing bus driver Carla A. Proctor to keep driving its buses even though she had been sued in the past for causing other collisions.
Proctor was involved in a multi-vehicle crash involving another bus and seven autos in March 2003 when she got out of the bus to examine a faulty door. According to lawsuits against Metro and Proctor, because she allegedly failed to set the brake the bus rolled down a hill. After Proctor struck a parked vehicle in December 2004, an elderly bus passenger filed a Washington DC bus crash lawsuit against Metro.
In another case, two people who were at a Wendy’s sued Proctor for DC personal injury after she drove a car through the restaurant’s window in July 2003. She was not on duty with Metro when this Washington DC car accident happened.
Metro finally fired Proctor after she struck Mahnke. No criminal charges have been filed against her over the bus crash involving Mahnke, but witnesses say the bus driver ran a red light and she may have been speeding. Metro says Proctor neglected to do everything she could to avoid hitting the 30-year-old pedestrian.
Capitol Hill staffer hit by bus sues Metro, Washington Examiner, January 8, 2010
Woman struck by Metrobus suing agency for $30 million, Washington Post, January 7, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Metro, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2008: Early Release, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration