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Bus driver charged in Durham pedestrian's death

Posted July 6

— Police on Thursday charged a GoDurham bus driver in the death of a pedestrian Monday night.

Rita Jones, 44, of Raleigh, was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Aaron Christopher Ryle, 46, of Durham, was crossing Enterprise Street when he was hit by a GoDurham bus making a left turn from South Roxboro Street onto Enterprise Street, police said. Ryle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones has been driving with GoDurham for about a year and had no previous accidents or safety incidents, bus system spokesman Mike Charbonneau said. A background check before she started driving for GoDurham also turned up no incidents, he said.

She has been placed on paid administrative leave.


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  • Kiara Babel Jul 7, 5:39 a.m.
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    Paid leave? You run over someone with a bus and kill them then charged with his death and your put on paid leave? Wow

  • Cnc Stone Jul 6, 4:06 p.m.
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    And Venus Williams is still walking the streets?
    Shame on the legal system and the double standard for celebrities that mans life was just as important to his family !
    ( lawyers & liers go hand in hand )