NJ Transit bus driver sentenced to probation after running red light, killing passenger



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PATERSON, New Jersey — A veteran New Jersey Transit bus driver who struck and killed a man in Passaic while driving recklessly last year has been sentenced to three years of probation.

The Record reports (http://bit.ly/16CSTFq ) that Catherine Collier, of Passaic, said at her sentencing Friday that she didn't mean to kill 49-year-old Joseph Currier. He had just gotten off Collier's bus in September 2013 and was struck in a crosswalk after she ran a red light.

Passaic County prosecutors say Collier sped up at an intersection as the traffic light was turning from yellow to red and ran the red light before hitting Currier.

The 67-year-old pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault-by-auto.

Collier had faced up to 10 years in prison. She worked for NJ Transit for 25 years.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, New Jersey), http://www.northjersey.com

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