In October, New Times published an investigation chronicling a rash of passenger injuries on Miami-Dade County's public bus system -- and worse, the county's habit of retaining bad drivers. Through the first eight months of 2014, we found, county buses hit pedestrians and bicyclists seven times in "preventable" accidents; 97 passengers fell while riding, boarding, or exiting buses; and 56 passengers were reported otherwise injured.
That report caught the eye of County Commissioner Xavier Suarez, who paid particularly close attention because of a recent experience with another bus collision caused by a driver with a bad record -- one he witnessed himself. "The looks on their faces when this happened," the commissioner says of a visiting family he says was nearly killed, "I'll never forget it."
Now, Suarez has gotten the background on that driver and -- surprise! -- it's less than stellar.
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