Unfortunately the safety of bus drivers has come into the spotlight again after a young thug threw a glass bottle at the driver of a Bx17 bus. Samantha Tata of Pix11 has more:
A boy was caught on camera throwing a glass bottle through the door of an MTA bus, hitting the driver in his eye, police said Wednesday asking for the public’s help to find the child.
It happened shortly before 9 p.m. Oct. 20 at the bus stop on the southwest corner of Home Street and Prospect Avenue in the Bronx, police said.
The assailant, thought to be no older than 13, approached bus No. 267 and hurled a glass bottle through its open door. A rider was paying his fare when the bottle when flying and another rider was waiting in line to get on to the bus, video shows.
The driver suffered a minor injury to his left eye, was taken to a hospital, treated and released, police said.
Police described the wanted individual as a black male about 10 to 13 years old with short curly hair who stands about 5 feet 4 inches tall. He was last seenw earing black sneakers, a black polo shirt and black jeans.
Anyone with information in the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Click here to see the video of the incident.
This incident brings back the memories of the same exact thing happening to my father when he drove for the MTA. What makes the memory even more vivid is that he happened to be driving on the Bx17 when it happened.
The safety of bus drivers is something the MTA has taken steps to address albeit not in the timeliest way. It might be time for the agency to look into further ways to completely prevent such incidents.
As far as the video is concerned, I am extremely curious as to why the person standing in the bus stop appeared to do nothing in terms of trying to stop the kid who ran off. While we can’t verify if he said something, his body language sure appears to show he took no action to stop the culprit.
Hopefully this worthless thug is caught & punished to the full extent of the law as a way to show that regardless of how old you are, these despicable acts against transit workers will never be tolerated.
xoxo Transit Blogger