CTA bus driver ticketed after crash that killed 51-year-old woman

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CHICAGO — A bus driver has now been ticketed by Chicago police in the deadly CTA bus crash on Michigan Avenue.

The part-time driver was identified as Donald Barnes, 48, who started at the CTA in September.

Barnes driver was cited for failure to stop at a red light and failure to exercise due care.

Aimee Coath, 51, of Flossmoor, Ill., died Tuesday night from injuries she suffered in the crash.

According to police, Coath was crossing Lake Street at Michigan just before 6 p.m. when she was struck by an accordion-style bus and then pinned under the back section.

Coath was busy planning her only daughter’s wedding when she was tragically run over by the bus. The 51-year-old was a manager at the Gap on State, an employee of the company for 17 years.

She lived in Flossmoor at the Central Avenue condos since 2000 with her adult son who recently moved out.

Coath had just gotten off work and was on her way to meet her ex-husband and son in Flossmoor for dinner when the bus driver ran a red light, swerved to miss traffic, jumped the sidewalk and pinned her under the bus.

The bus crashed into four cars and two pedestrians, including Coath, before veering onto the sidewalk. Paramedics freed Coath within minutes and rushed her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Eight other people, including the bus driver, were injured and taken to the hospital.

Chicago police continue to investigate, and strangers have been leaving flowers at the crash scene Wednesday. The Chicago Dept. of Transportation is repairing the signal box taken out by the bus.

Initially witnesses said the bus driver swerved to avoid a car that ran a red light but police now say the bus driver was the one who ran the red light.

Barnes was the only one on board the bus at the time of the crash.  He suffered minor injuries, along with a child and six other people.

There has been no word yet on criminal charges.

 

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