RTA Driver Who Hit Pedestrian on Public Square Pleads Guilty

click to enlarge Like ships in the night, the No. 26 eastbound and the No. 22 westbound pass on Superior. - Sam Allard / Scene
Sam Allard / Scene
Like ships in the night, the No. 26 eastbound and the No. 22 westbound pass on Superior.
Former RTA driver Antoinette Peterkin pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, a first degree misdemeanor, in court last week.

Peterkin had been charged with both aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide in April. She was behind the wheel of an RTA bus when she struck 69-year-old Joan Kuendig, who was crossing Rockwell Avenue on the northeast corner of Public Square on the morning of Dec. 7, 2016.

Peterkin was fired by RTA shortly after that incident. An RTA incident review committee found that Peterkin had slowed, but not come to a complete stop, before she turned onto Rockwell from East Roadway.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Russo will sentence Peterkin on Nov. 13.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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