$4M Settlement In Fatal Oregon Bus-Pedestrians Case

August 14, 2013

A Portland, Ore.-area transit agency and its bus manufacturer have agreed to pay $4 million to five plaintiffs to resolve lawsuits filed after a TriMet bus hit a group of pedestrians in 2010, killing two and injuring three others.

TriMet said Monday that it and manufacturer New Flyer will pay $2 million each, with the plaintiffs determining how the settlement will be shared.

The Oregonian reported the settlement was reached hours before the case was to go to trial. TriMet says the agreement resolves federal and state lawsuits.

In April 2010, a bus driven by Sandi Day was trying to turn left when it struck pedestrians in a crosswalk. Killed were Danielle Sale of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeneé Hammel of Gresham. Robert “Erik” Gittings of Boise was hospitalized, while a Portland couple, Ryan Hammel and his wife, Jamie Hammel, also suffered injuries.

Day was cited for six misdemeanor traffic violations and was fired. A transit union is challenging her termination.

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