GRETNA – Jefferson Parish Transit and a bus driver are being sued for a passenger’s alleged injuries stemming from a fall while trying to exit a bus.

Gladys Goodo-Ross filed suit against Veolia Transportation Services Inc. and Jefferson Parish Transit in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 10.

Goodo-Ross alleges that she was a passenger in a Jefferson Parish Transit bus on the Lapalco bus route in Harvey that was stopped at a bus stop when the passenger stood up to exit the vehicle. The plaintiff contends that when she was standing the bus driver abruptly stepped on the gas causing the bus to jerk forward and her to lose her balance and fall backward into the vehicle's stairs. Goodo-Ross asserts she was seriously injured in the incident.

The defendant is accused of failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to exercise reasonable vigilance, failing to maintain reasonable and proper control of the bus, operating the bus in a careless and reckless manner and failing to see what should have been seen.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for mental pain and suffering, physical pain and suffering, loss of function and medical expenses.

Goodo-Ross is represented by Michael J. Begoun of Wolfe, Begoun & Pick LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division E Judge John J. Molaison Jr.

Case no. 745-044.

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