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29Nov/12Off

Fake Car Accidents Are Costly

Car accidents are usually caused by careless drivers. Sometimes car accidents are caused by criminal intentions. There are people out there who make money by faking car accidents. This is wrong because the costs are oftentimes passed on to taxpayers.

There must be an easier ways to make a living than faking car accidents and submitting false insurance claims for those fake car accidents. It also sounds like a ton of work to set up fake chiropractic clinics to generate fraudulent medical records and bills to submit with those fake insurance claims. Stealing people’s identities and submitting insurance claims for them also sounds both ill-advised and rather labor intensive. And stealing the identity of an Iraq war veteran just seems like terrible karma.

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It is a collage image of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As it turns out, doing those things will also get you incarcerated, as one Fort Worth family learned this month. Who could have guessed?

This week, the last of four defendants were sentenced for their role in a convoluted collision scheme that authorities say netted them hundreds of thousands of dollars from several different insurance companies. After pleading guilty to mail fraud back in April, Kara Lashon Collins, 36, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison, while her co-defendant Stephanie Denise Moses, 45, was sentenced to 12 months. Collins will also pay approximately $356,000 in restitution, while Moses was ordered to pay $95,000.

Earlier this month, Collins’ husband got a much heftier sentence: Frenchitt Su-Dell Collins, 42, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $700,000 in restitution. Meanwhile, Frenchitt Collins’ half-brother Alan Murray Robison, 32, was sentenced to 110 months and ordered to pay around $203,000. The men were convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and healthcare fraud, as well as conspiracy to tamper with witnesses for trying to force people to sign false affidavits during their trial. Frenchitt Collins also got hit with two charges of aggravated identity theft.

According to their lengthy indictment, issued in May 2011 but only recently unsealed, the four started running their scam back in 2006. They would recruit people to claim they’d been involved in auto accidents, then obtain insurance on the cars they’d be “driving” and the drivers themselves. The cars were salvage vehicles, which the indictment claims they would damage “in a manner other than a collision” (sledgehammer, perhaps?). Then, the defendants submitted insurance claims for those accidents by mail, hence their eventual mail fraud charges.

The four also created at least 12 fake chiropractic clinics, with names like First Call Chiropractic Injury Clinic and Prestige Rehab and Chiropractic. One settlement check submitted as evidence paid $4,124 to an outfit called 1st Stop Chiro Injury, whose only address was a post office box in Arlington. Other clinics had physical addresses, including one located in 6900 block of Belt Line Road in Dallas. That’s in addition to the numerous other businesses the four had registered in their names, among them “One God Ministry,” registered by Kara Collins, a totally legit-sounding faith-based operation that was also operating from a post office box.

Sometimes, the defendants skipped the part in which they recruited co-conspirators and just outright stole people’s names and Social Security numbers. Then they’d submit false insurance claims in their names. According to the Department of Justice, the people whose identities they stole included an Iraq war veteran and school cafeteria worker.

Recruiting all those people to claim they’d been involved in car accidents came with one serious hitch: It created many, many witnesses who could testify against them, and were probably extremely motivated to do so to avoid serious jail time of their own. The four caught two additional charges after prosecutors learned they had approached at least two of those witnesses and asked them to sign affidavits filled with false information. Both witnesses said no, then turned those affidavits over to law enforcement.

To make matters worse, the married Collinses had discussions about the fake affidavits over the phone while the male Collins was incarcerated at the federal correctional institution in Seagoville awaiting his trial. Those calls, along with several other, equally incriminating ones between the defendants, were all recorded, transcribed and submitted into evidence.

Kara Collins was arrested at her home in Mansfield in May 2011. Three rifles and one pistol were also taken from the house, although the guns don’t appear to have played any role in these crimes. At least they did that right.

Collins and Stephanie Moses are still free after being sentenced. They’ve been ordered to report to prison by January 3.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a legitimate car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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28Nov/12Off

Substance Abuse Counselor Was Negligent

Imagine overcoming addiction and working as a substance abuse counselor. The words of a substance abuse counselor, who happens to be a former addict, carry a lot of weight. What happens when their actions fail to live up to their words?

Sherri Wilkins wrote in a Myspace profile that “she used to be into drugs very heavy” and “with that came terrible choices.”

Mugshot of Mel Gibson taken on 28 July 2006.

Mugshot of Mel Gibson taken on 28 July 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wilkins was trying to turn her life around: She wrote that she had been sober for 11 years, had reconnected with family and, according to state records, earned a certification in drug and alcohol counseling. She was working at a Torrance treatment center, helping others battle the addiction she tried to put behind her.

But over the weekend, Wilkins allegedly struck a pedestrian while driving drunk on Torrance Boulevard and kept driving for more than two miles with the man embedded in her windshield, according to police.

Torrance police arrested the 51-year-old on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter. Wilkins told officers she “panicked” after the crash Saturday night and simply kept driving.

Other motorists managed to stop Wilkins and grab her keys at 182nd Street and Crenshaw Boulevard, Watt said. Phillip Moreno, 31, of Torrance still had a pulse when officers arrived, but was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Wilkins had a blood-alcohol level of more than double the legal 0.08% limit. She told police she was on her way home from work at the time of the crash, but officials at the treatment center said it had only daytime meetings on Saturdays and was closed.

In 2010, Wilkins faced charges of driving under the influence, hit and run, and being under the influence of a controlled substance after she allegedly hit a power pole at the intersection of 182nd Street and Hawthorne — less than two miles from where Moreno was pulled from her windshield. Wilkins dragged the pole into the road, where a few other cars struck it and were damaged.

That case, however, was eventually dismissed. Sullivan said Wilkin’s blood-alcohol level came back at zero and the levels of drugs were “so low” an expert couldn’t testify that there was an impairment. Wilkins reached a civil compromise with the other drivers.

A memorial for Moreno was crafted at the corner where he was struck. Bud Light beer bottles, a miniature Dodgers bat, a Kobe Bryant jersey, balloons and flowers lay at a nearby railroad signal, along with notes with Moreno’s nickname, “Chud.”

Court records showed Wilkins also had two convictions for burglary and petty theft in Los Angeles County, along with a conviction out of San Bernardino County for bringing alcohol or drugs into a prison.

In her Myspace profile, Wilkins said she was a “proud parent” who loved music, dogs, painting, cooking and the mountains. “I love life today,” she wrote.

Under “Smoke / Drink,” the profile read: “No / No.”

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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28Nov/12Off

Where Drunk Driving Meets Drunk Walking

Nothing good ever comes from excessive drinking. Even if you make the right choice and don’t get behind the wheel, you could still be making a big mistake.

The woman accused of fatally hitting a pedestrian and carrying him on her windshield for more than two miles worked at a Torrance recovery center as a substance abuse counselor, the facility’s president said.

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer.

A Kranz (wreath) of Kölsch beer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

David Lisonbee, president of Twin Town Treatment Centers, said 51-year-old Sherri Wilkins was hired at the Torrance facility in September 2011 after an internship. Wilkins is a chemical dependency counselor who worked with a small group that meets each evening for six days a week, Lisonbee said.

She was also recovering from addiction herself, Lisonbee said, but passed a background check and drug and alcohol screening when she was hired and showed no signs of relapse.

Torrance police say Wilkins struck Phillip Moreno, 31, as he was crossing the street at Torrance Boulevard and Madrid Avenue on Saturday night. Wilkins told officers she “panicked” and kept driving for 2.3 miles as Moreno was “partially embedded” in her windshield.

Other motorists managed to stop Wilkins at 182nd Street and Crenshaw Boulevard and got ahold of her keys. Moreno still had a pulse when officers arrived, but was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Wilkins had a blood alcohol content that was more than double the legal limit. She was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter.

Wilkins told officers she was on her way home from work at the time of the crash, but Lisonbee said the facility only had daytime meetings on Saturdays and was closed.

The profile went on to say she was 11 years sober and had a degree in drug and alcohol counseling, loved dogs, painting, cooking and the mountains.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

If a loved one was the victim of wrongful death that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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27Nov/12Off

Navy QB In A Coma

Thanksgiving is a day for families to gather around a gigantic feast and be thankful for all the blessings in their lives. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also one of the most dangerous days to drive. This year is no exception.

As the Navy football team returned to the practice field in preparation for its game against rival Army on December 8, Coach Ken Niumatalolo and his players were thinking about one of their own fighting for his life in a Miami hospital after being seriously injured in a Thanksgiving night car accident.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Gateway Cinema. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ralph Montalvo, a freshman who recently had made it from the scout team to the travel roster as the third-string quarterback, is listed in critical condition after being placed in a medically-induced coma at the Kendall Regional Medical Center, according to a spokesman for the hospital. Niumatalolo, who visited with Montalvo’s family Saturday, said the player had a setback Monday.

Dr. Jeff Fair, Navy’s director of sports medicine, said doctors at the academy who have been in touch with the medical staff attending to Montalvo were told that an infection had caused an increase in the player’s blood pressure.

A spokesman for the Pinewood Florida Police Department said Monday that the investigation into the accident was ongoing and could not comment about it. According to Florida law, a police report is not made public for the first 60 days after an incident occurs.

Niumatalolo said he has been told by family members that Montalvo and a friend went to get something to eat after his flight home Thursday was delayed. The friend, who was driving, turned one street too soon, thinking he was on a main thoroughfare. Instead, he drove his car into a house at the end of a dark, fog-shrouded street. Niumatalolo said he heard Montalvo’s friend was also in the hospital in a coma.

Junior nose guard Travis Bridges, who played against Montalvo in high school, learned of the accident in a text from one of Navy’s assistant coaches and went to the hospital from his home in Hollywood, Florida on Friday.

Sophomore slotback Ryan Williams-Jenkins, who was in Fort Lauderdale for the break visiting his father, said that several members of the team held a prayer vigil for Montalvo when they returned to the academy Sunday.

The uniform Montalvo would have worn for the Army game in Philadelphia has been sent to the player’s family.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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21Nov/12Off

Thanksgiving Day Driving Dangers

Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for all the blessings in your life. It’s also a day to be thankful if you happen to make it to Black Friday. Most people don’t realize that Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous days to get behind the wheel.

Rosalita Allen was driving to pick up one of her granddaughters just before noon on Thanksgiving last year when she noticed flashing police lights and a blocked road straight ahead.

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English: Thanksgiving Dinner, Falmouth, Maine, USA 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Her daughter, Tammy Allen, 41, had been on her way to pick up her then-16-year-old son and go to Rosalita’s for the holiday. Four blocks away, Tammy clipped another car as she tried to change lanes, sending her into oncoming traffic. She hit two vehicles, one of them head-on. Tammy died instantly at 11:38 a.m.

Thanksgiving was the deadliest holiday in 2010, according to the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2010, 431 people died on the roads nationwide, compared with 259 on Christmas, 403 on Labor Day and 392 on the Fourth of July.

An estimated 90 percent of Thanksgiving travelers will drive to their destinations this Thursday, according to the AAA auto club. That’s 39.1 million people on the roads.

Sharma said car accident injuries can vary depending on what time the accident happens. During the day, when roads are gridlocked, collisions happen at lower speeds and result in more minor injuries, including bruises and neck injuries.

Late at night, however, ER doctors start seeing more serious injuries as travelers are able to go faster on the emptying roads. The holiday alcohol and distracting family drama can also contribute to slower reaction times.

And as it gets later, more impaired drivers get behind the wheel. Between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. are normally the worst hours. By 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving, drivers might be traveling so fast that they look like they’re “drag racing,” causing cars to lose control and even flip over.

That means, broken bones, internal bleeding, head injuries and even death.

Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injuries in cars by 45 percent, according to AAA. In “light” trucks, they reduce that risk by 60 percent.

Neither Tanya McCoy nor her 10-year-old son, Andrew, were wearing their seat belts as they left their Bonners Ferry, Idaho, home at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving 2010. Sean McCoy, Tanya’s husband, described her as a “short, little redhead who was pretty fiery.” She was also a triathlete.

Tanya was on her way to help out with a Thanksgiving Day run called the Turkey Trot.

Just two miles from home, Tanya came to a hill she’d traveled hundreds of times, but this time, there was a patch of black ice. The car skidded across the road, hit a barricade and tumbled 300 feet to the bottom of a canyon, where she and Andrew were ejected from the car.

But no one saw them.

When the race ended and they didn’t come home by 1 p.m., Sean became worried. The sheriff tried to help, but no one could find them. Finally, Sean saw the tire marks on the barricade. Looking into the canyon, he saw a piece of the car.

Neighbors came out to help, but the helicopters couldn’t land in the bad weather. It would take hours for the ambulance to get there.

The hospital was able to keep Andrew alive, but Tanya died in Sean’s arms. Both had brain injuries, but the hyperthermia helped keep Andrew’s brain from fatally swelling, crushing itself against his skull.

Now 12, Andrew is back at school as the star pitcher on the baseball team. He lost his mother, spent two weeks in a coma and has problems moving his left side because the right side of his brain was affected, but he’s about 90 percent back to normal.

Sean said he doesn’t know what he would have done without his tight-knit community, family and friends over the last two years.

According to AAA, 67 percent of all fatal accidents happen in rural areas, in part because people are less likely to wear their seat belts there. But people also die because it can take a long time for help to arrive after a crash.

Nelson said the “golden hour” refers to the need for trauma patients to receive care in the first 60 minutes to increase their chances of survival. But in rural areas like Bonners Ferry, medical care and fast treatment can be harder to come by because hospitals are farther away.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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20Nov/12Off

Partisan Car Accidents

Car accidents are often preventable events that can affect everyone. Unfortunately, your political affiliation could prove to be a risk factor in certain cases.

Traffic accidents are not political, but for whatever reason, states that voted for President Obama in the 2012 election generally have a lower rate of traffic fatalities than those who voted for Mitt Romney.

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English: VOHR automobiles in Russia Русский: “Лада” одного из нарядов вневедомственной охраны города Северодвинска (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Analysts looking at the numbers can’t seem to find consensus on why that is.

When you look at the numbers from a 2010 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, there are 27 states in which the traffic deaths per 100,000 people was higher than the national average. Of those, 22 went to Romney in this month’s election while five went to Obama.

Of the remaining 23 states and the District of Columbia, which were below the national average, 21 went to Obama and 3 went to Romney.

Washington state had 6.79 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010, the sixth-fewest in the nation.

The District of Columbia (3.97 per 100,000) had the least while Wyoming (27.46 per 100,000) had the most.

According to an NBC News blog, some observers speculate that red states tend to have looser traffic laws while others suggest that some states have more, and better, trauma centers available to respond to victims of serious accidents. Some experts also suggest that fatalities per total miles traveled is a better measuring stick than per 100,000 people.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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19Nov/12Off

Drugged Driving On The Rise

California has recently earned another dubious distinction. Apparently, more motorists are driving while under the influence of drugs instead of alcohol.

California officials are warning against “drugged driving” after a statewide survey found drugs that can affect driving in one of every seven weekend nighttime motorists — nearly twice the number of those with alcohol in their system.

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Marijuana small (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The survey results, announced Monday by the California Office of Traffic Safety, found that 14 percent of drivers surveyed tested positive for driving under the influence of impairing drugs — both illegal and prescription — while 7.3 percent of drivers tested positive for driving with alcohol in their system.

The impaired driving survey included more than 1,300 drivers who voluntarily provided breath and/or saliva samples at roadside locations set up in nine California cities between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night.

Samples were tested for alcohol, THC, major illegal drugs as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications that may adversely affect driving.

Of the drugs found in the system of surveyed drivers, marijuana was most prevalent, with 7.4 percent of drivers having it in their system.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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16Nov/12Off

Senate Majority Leader Recently Hospitalized

Car accidents can involve anyone. No one is immune from car accidents or the negligent drivers who cause them, not even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

After a multi-car crash outside downtown Las Vegas a few weeks ago, Reid was taken to a local hospital that afternoon as a precaution. The 72-year-old senator walked into University Medical Center Hospital under his own power.

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Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reid suffered from rib and hip contusions and has been cleared for release by the doctors, according to the statement from his office. Some members of his security detail, along with a staffer, also experienced minor injuries and were evaluated at UMC.

Capitol Police, who provide a security detail for top leaders including Reid, were driving the majority leader in one of the force’s top security vehicles, a Chevrolet Suburban SUV. Reid is at home campaigning for President Obama and Democratic candidates in Nevada. The accident occurred on a heavily traveled portion of I-15 just west of the Las Vegas Strip, where most of the city’s famous casinos reside.

Local media reports said as many as six vehicles were involved in what appeared to be a chain-reaction crash.

Reid and his family have had several recent instances of auto accidents and health battles. His wife, Landra Reid, who was not traveling with the senator on Friday, and their daughter were struck on I-95 by a tractor-trailer in busy traffic in December 2009, causing severe injuries to Mrs. Reid, including a broken back.

She has since fully recovered from those injuries, appearing on stage with him Election Day to celebrate his come-from-behind victory in the 2010 midterm elections. She has battled breast cancer, but Reid told local media last spring she was doing very well.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

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15Nov/12Off

Child Abuse Has Lasting Consequences

Child abuse is one of the most widely under-reported crimes in America. Unfortunately, child abuse can occur at any time and without warning. In some cases, the victims of child abuse can collect compensation for all their pain and suffering.

A University of Pittsburgh educator and AIDS researcher who was the subject of a recent news story about alleged sexual abuse in the Boy Scout troop he led in the mid-1970s has died six weeks after suffering a massive stroke.

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English: Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It was with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rodger L. Beatty,” read a Facebook message his family posted late Monday. Beatty, 66, had been hospitalized or in hospice care since a Sept. 28 stroke left him largely unable to communicate.

His friends and family said they were stunned by allegations, detailed Oct. 21 in The Times, that Beatty abused five boys in the troop he led in Newport, Pa., more than three decades ago. The boys, all 13 or 14 at the time, submitted handwritten accounts describing repeated molestations by Beatty at his house and on camping trips.

The statements, which are included in the Boy Scouts of America’s “ineligible volunteer” file barring Beatty from Scouting in 1976, were corroborated in recent interviews with the newspaper by two of the former Scouts, Carl Maxwell Jr. and Mike Kunkel, both now 50. Two of the other former Scouts are dead and a third could not be reached.

The Times attempted to contact Beatty in early September, more than two weeks before he fell ill. He did not respond to repeated email and phone messages.

Beatty, then a county drug and alcohol counselor, resigned the day the accusations surfaced and abruptly left town, citing increased job demands. He was among hundreds of suspected molesters, many of whom were respected in their communities, who were never reported to authorities by the Scouts, according to The Times’ review of 1,900 of the organization’s confidential files.

Beatty went on to earn a graduate degree in community psychology from Penn State University and a doctorate in social work from the University of Pittsburgh, according to a 2011 resume and his University of Pittsburgh biography.

He worked for more than three decades in public health programs, some tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and had held several jobs with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. In 1998, he became an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Graduate School of Public Health’s department of infectious diseases and microbiology.

If a loved one was the victim of child abuse that was caused by negligence, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

15Nov/12Off

Dangers Lurk Inside Buses

Bus accidents can be devastating. Sometimes incidents that occur on buses can be downright criminal. Whenever a sexual assault takes place on private property or on board a moving vehicle, the owners may be responsible.

Charges have been filed against a 20-year-old man accused of raping a developmentally disabled woman aboard a Metro bus last week.

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LACMTA New Flyer C40LF #5447. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kerry Trotter — who is on probation for a grand theft conviction from April — faces charges of forcible rape, rape of an incompetent person and sexual penetration by a foreign object, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

If convicted, Trotter faces more than 20 years in state prison.

Authorities allege that Trotter was the man who boarded the 217 Metro bus after the 18-year-old woman climbed aboard, returning from a special education class last week.

The woman, who authorities said has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, had just recently been allowed to make the trip on her own.

The man followed her to the back of the bus and raped her for 10 minutes as the bus drove south through Baldwin Hills. Several people were on the bus at the time, but some exited during the attack, perhaps unaware of what was happening.

The man stopped only as the bus reached its final destination. He then got off the bus. The victim reported the attack to the bus driver.

Part of the incident was caught on a surveillance camera, and Trotter was arrested Friday morning just hours after investigators released photos of the alleged attacker.

Records show that Trotter has a criminal history dating back to last year, when he was convicted of drug possession. In April, he was convicted of grand theft and sentenced to a year in jail, but did not serve his full sentence.

In June he was arrested again, and in September admitted violating probation. He was released from jail September 28. Redondo Beach police arrested him again on October 15 for an unknown offense, and he spent 10 days in jail.

Authorities said Trotter had been investigated on sexual assault allegations before but never charged.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a bus accident that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.