Run Over by Metro

The city's bus company shows little inclination to pay up or change its ways, even after it smacks into people like its own employee Clarence Santee Jr.

To the cameras and reporters, Smalley extended "sympathy and condolences" to Leon-Herrera's family. But Avila and his siblings say they never received any apology. And neither did Lorenzo Hernandez, her longtime boyfriend.

Metro still has not provided financial compensation for the accident. Not that any amount of money could make things right.

"When I go home, I think about her and I cry because I miss her so much," says Hernandez. "I feel sick every time I cross a street. I see Metro buses everywhere."

Police dragged Metro employee Myesha Taylor Thomas's corpse from beneath the left front bumper.
Daniel Kramer
Police dragged Metro employee Myesha Taylor Thomas's corpse from beneath the left front bumper.
Police dragged Metro employee Myesha Taylor Thomas's corpse from beneath the left front bumper.
Courtesy of Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harr
Police dragged Metro employee Myesha Taylor Thomas's corpse from beneath the left front bumper.

Avila remarks that four years ago his mother fled Mexico City, one of the world's most violent cities, and came to Houston seeking a safer, better life.

"I just can't believe how a bus driver can miss a person," he says.

Neither the driver's nor Metro's explanation provides Avila much solace.

Alexandre, who was fired by Metro and now faces felony charges, blamed Leon-Herrera for entering his blind spot.

Metro, meanwhile, insists her death was a fluke. And it has the numbers to prove it.

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JessAberrant
JessAberrant

About two-three months ago I was standing on the corner of William St and Sterrett St in downtown Houston. A bus came down William St. and turned right onto Sterrett St. and smashed the back side of a parked car on Sterrett. The bus just kept on going and did not stop. There were passengers on it.

We knew the guy who's car it was and we told him exactly what we had just seen, gave him the bus number and talked to his insurance. Metro denies everything and refused to cooperate, natch.

The situation in this article is of course much more serious, just throwing in my 2 cents on how I've seen Metro operate.

 
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