Estate of Angela Reid wins $9.5m after being struck by bus
According to authorities — a StatenJ Island bus company is prepared to fork over $9.5m in settlement money to the estate of former surgical nurse Angela Reid who was fatally killed in 2009 after being struck by a 50,000 pound bus driven by a known convict who lied about his rap sheet to his employer.
Rufus Jones the driver of the 50,000 pound bus hid his dark past from his employer Atlantic Express Transportation as an $8 an hour motor coach operator — having already racked up 31 convictions, a life in and out of homelessness and a suspended New Jersey Driver’s license — it’s a wonder how on earth this fellow managed to get a job with a driver’s company to begin with.
Lawyers for Angela Reid argued Jones should never have been driving the 50,000-pound express bus when he hit her on Jan. 21, 2009, as she walked to work at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. A witness said Jones ran a red light at 34th St. and Madison Ave., crushing Reid beneath the bus’ wheels.
Reid, 34, the mother of two boys, died three months later of the internal injuries she suffered and infection that set in after undergoing skin grafts, surgeries and the amputation of her right leg.