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Passenger alleges KRT bus driver caused her to fall


By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Mar 5, 2019

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CHARLESTON — A woman is suing Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority, citing alleged negligence as the cause of her fall while a passenger on one of the defendant's commercial buses.

Derian West filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court alleging that KRT failed to operate a commercial bus in a safe manner. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 13, 2017, while she was walking down the aisle looking for a seat on one of the defendant's buses, the driver negligently accelerated the bus and caused her to fall. As a result of defendant's alleged negligence, the plaintiff has incurred medical and other incidental expenses, sustained severe physical and mental pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical impairment.

The plaintiff holds Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority responsible because the defendant allegedly failed its duty to ensure that the passenger was safely seated before accelerating. West's lawsuit requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for compensatory damages, interest, costs of action, and other relief that the court deems just. She is represented by Kevin P. Davis of KPD Legal in Charleston.

Kanawha Circuit Court Case number 19-C-34

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