CLEVELAND (WJW) — The FOX 8 I-TEAM is giving you the first look at video showing a wrong-way driver crashing into an RTA bus, and we’re taking you inside the investigation.
Video showed the driver hit the bus and kept going the wrong way, but now, weeks later, RTA police say they have identified the driver.
A report shows the driver was a 23-year-old Lake County woman, and she will face multiple traffic charges.
The crash happened last month in Cleveland on the Shoreway, and the video has just been released to the I-TEAM.
Bus security camera video shows what the driver saw barreling down the Shoreway. As traffic merged onto the highway from the left, an SUV made a u-turn into oncoming traffic.
Video shows the SUV hit the side of the bus, and then the driver continued going eastbound in the westbound lanes.
Callers to 911 said, “It, like, busted a u-turn, hit a bus, and then started driving the opposite way.” And, “She was driving right toward oncoming traffic. We all slammed on our brakes.”
The bus had no passengers on board. Nonetheless, the crash left the RTA driver shaken and disgusted. The video also shows him explaining to an officer how he just had been hit by a wrong-way driver.
The release of the video comes with new developments in the case.
Over time, we’ve reported on many wrong-way drivers called into 911 but never found by police. They get off the highway, or they get turned around before officers get there. This time a report shows a Cleveland officer saw the car going the wrong way. Couldn’t stop it. But the officer got a license plate.
The 911 recordings show a citizen also got the license plate.
Now the suspect will face charges for going the wrong way on the highway and for leaving the scene of an accident.
A police report shows the driver said she thought she was on Detroit Road. Then on the Shoreway, “she made a u-turn and did not think there was contact between her vehicle and the bus.”
The crash happened at West 28th where the I-TEAM has revealed a chronic problem with wrong-way drivers. The state even installed alerts and warning systems. Usually the wrong-way drivers go up the wrong ramp. First time we’ve seen a case like this.
The suspect did not return messages from the I-TEAM.
We’re watching for the traffic charges to get filed in court.
We also checked the suspect’s driving record. It shows only a ticket for speeding, and a ticket for following too closely behind another vehicle.