SEPTA bus accident spurs personal injury lawsuit

Jon Campisi Jun. 30, 2011, 1:46pm

An Upper Darby, Pa. woman is suing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and one of its drivers for injuries she sustained after the bus she was a passenger on became involved in a collision.

Philadelphia attorney Neil M. Shukovsky, of the Allen L. Rothenberg law firm, filed the personal injury lawsuit June 28 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Daina Rowe.

In addition to SEPTA, the other defendants named in the lawsuit are the bus’s driver, Bruce Cheatham, and both the owner and operator of the second vehicle involved in the collision. The latter two are Cecelia S. Gaye and Hawol Abraham, both of Yeadon, Pa.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was riding on the bus operated by Cheatham on Oct. 13, 2009 at about 10:17 p.m. in the area of 65th Street and Elmwood Avenue in Philadelphia when the bus and the other vehicle collided.

The lawsuit accuses the bus driver of negligently, carelessly and recklessly operating his vehicle. It accuses the other defendants of the same.

As a result of the accident, Rowe, a passenger on the bus, sustained various physical injuries including disc herniation, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine sprain and strain, headaches, muscle spasms, a shock to her nervous system and other problems, the lawsuit states. The accident also caused aggravation of pre-existing conditions.

Because of the accident, the suit states, Rowe has had to spend considerable sums of money on medical treatment, and she has experienced a loss of earnings because of her inability to work.

Rowe seeks judgment against the defendants in an amount in excess of $50,000.

The non-jury matter has not yet been scheduled for arbitration.

The case number is 110602636.

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