It was a quite morning when I showed up to walk with the picketers in support of the ATU at the Dartmouth Sports plex, that is till about 10:45 am when a 55 year old Tatamagouche driver of a silver ford focus took to cutting through the metro transit bus terminal and at an accelerated speed and ran through the picket line striking two of the picketers… Brad Wilks 37, the 1st of the two was struck on his side as the car came through the terminal. When the driver slowed at the bottom of the terminals roadway at the cross walk, the other picketers tried to stop him by standing in front of his car but the driver decided to drive through the picketers anyway and with a smug smile on his face he proceeded to hit a 2nd bus driver with his car and then tried to flee the scene. I was only a foot away at the time and appalled at this citizens behavior! Charges are being laid on the driver who hit two drivers and fled the scene. Police managed to stop the driver before he crossed the McDonald bridge…after Pat from the union team flagged an officer down. Tom MacDougall 58, the 2nd person who was hit wasn’t injured but visibly shook up… No one else was hurt but they were still upset at the altercation. Police presence was visible for the rest of the time I was there with my husband and his fellow employees.
When the driver was questioned on what he was thinking, his apparent response was he was worried about being late for work… Ironically enough he was detained for over an hour and if found guilty he can be charged with aggravated assault with a weapon which could see him losing his licence and possible jail time. He’s schedualed to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on March 20 to answer to the charge. A ticket was also issued for failing to remain at the scene of an accident. Now isn’t karma just grand, if he loses his licence he’ll have to take the bus…lets hope he doesn’t get the drivers he mowed down!