Woman sues Port Authority driver after being forced off bus

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A South Side woman on Monday filed suit against a Port Authority bus driver alleging he man-handled her off a bus causing a head injury in March.

Jaime Bastian alleges a single count of battery against Vincent Brandon in the complaint filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

A spokesman with Port Authority said Mr. Brandon is still employed there but is not currently driving.

According to the allegations, Ms. Bastian was on a bus parked adjacent to the Giant Eagle shopping center on the South Side about 3 p.m. on March 13. The complaint said she was sitting in the bus attempting to call Port Authority to complain about the driver when he became angry and approached her.

"[Mr. Brandon] then grabbed a hold of [Ms. Bastian] and dragged her to the front of the bus," the filing said. "The defendant then lifted [Bastian] by her shoulders off the ground and threw her from the front entrance of the bus onto the outside pavement."

The complaint said Ms. Bastian struck her head on the ground, lost consciousness and sustained a concussion.

As a result of the incident, the lawsuit said, Mr. Brandon, 49, was charged. He is scheduled to have a trial on one count of summary harassment on July 31.

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