August 1, 2013 Houston Texas – A Metro bus driver has been fired after he allegedly gave a false statement to police.
Just before 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 18h Metro bus driver Williams Miller allegedly ran over a pedestrian as he tried to make a right turn onto Scott Street.
He told police the man tried to jump on his windshield and started hitting the glass, wanting to get on, and during the turn he must have run out in front of the bus.
He told investigators he only stopped when some of his passengers began to yell out that someone had been hit.
“I told the man that he ran over him. I said, Sir, you hit someone, and he kept going and I felt the man, I heard him when the man ran over him and his body bumped,” a passenger told KHOU 11 News.
Crawford Thomas was in serious, but stable condition when he arrived at Ben Taub Hospital that night and Metro said he is still being treated in the Texas Medical Center.
During the course of the investigation, Metro police downloaded video from the bus’ on-board camera and determined Miller was likely lying. They said Thomas never tried to climb up on the windshield and bang on the glass. He was simply trying to cross the street and Miller should have seen him.
The bus’ video has now been given to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office where Miller has been charged with giving a “false report to a police officer” and “reckless driving.”
“Safety is a priority at METRO and we take these matters very seriously. Based on our administrative review of this matter the bus operator has been terminated,” Metro said in a statement released.