MBTA bus driver arraigned after traffic officer hit
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The MBTA bus driver that caused an accident in an attempt to avoid a ticket entered a not guilty plea to charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Lataria Milton, a 34-year-old mother of five, is accused of running down a parking enforcement supervisor and hitting two parked cars with her bus to avoid a ticket. Prosecutors said Milton hit the gas after the supervisor caught her parked illegally and eating a bagel in Kenmore Square Thursday morning.
Vicki Kilduff, a 22-year veteran parking supervisor, is recovering at home in Canton. Her brother, who is acting as one of her two attorneys, said she has concussion symptoms among other injuries.
“She said, ‘I can’t imagine going to work and having something this imaginable happening to you, about someone initially trying to run you down with a 60-foot bus,’” said Kevin Kilduff, the victim’s attorney.
7News has learned that the bus driver has a lengthy driving record, including a license suspension from November of 2006 to March 2007. The MBTA confirms that she was driving a bus during that time and they did not know her license was suspended.
Milton’s attorney claims the wreck was not intentional, but prosecutors said the bus didn’t lose control, the driver did.
“We checked the brakes of that bus and it was noted there are no defects on the bus and there was no brake failure on the bus,” said prosecutor Linda Champion.
Milton was suspended from the MBTA and her CDL and regular license were revoked. The judge released her on her own recognizance.