RTA Driver Who Hit Pedestrian on Public Square Will Serve No Jail Time

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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 bus driver Antoinette Peterkin, who struck and killed a 69-year-old woman on Public Square in December, 2016, was sentenced to probation and community service at a sentencing yesterday. The family of Joan Kuendig, the victim, asked that Peterkin serve no jail time.

"I don't know how I take any comfort in punishing a mother for taking away another mother," Bill Keundig, son of Joan, told Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Russo at the sentencing. (Cleveland.com's Cory Shaffer reported that the proceedings were emotional, and that Peterkin broke down in sobs as she apologized to the Kuendig family.)

Peterkin pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, a first degree misdemeanor, in October. She had been charged with both aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular homicide in April.

Peterkin was fired by RTA shortly after the December incident on Public Square. 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.

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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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