City pays $200k to man injured by RTS bus in 2011

Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.

The city of Gainesville will pay $200,000 to a man seriously injured in November 2011 by an RTS bus.

Ayman Abdellatief, a doctoral student at the University of Florida, was riding his bicycle on campus when a city bus turning into a commuter lot crossed into his path. Abdellatief slammed on the brakes to avoid collision and went down to the ground with his bicycle. The rear wheels of the bus struck and rolled over him, and the bus dragged him a short distance.

Some of his injuries included multiple complex fractures to both hips, a fractured vertebra, a "degloving" of his right arm and fractures to four of the five fingers on his right hand, according to the City Attorney's Office.

Abdellatief has "very limited use" of his right forearm and hand and has had medical bills in excess of $350,000.

The city negotiated a settlement with Abdellatief before a lawsuit was filed. The settlement will come from the city's self-insurance fund.

The driver of the RTS bus, Craig Pearson, initially was cited for careless driving but challenged the citation in traffic court and was found not guilty.

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