BOSTON — The MBTA bus driver accused of deliberately driving her bus into a parking enforcement officer in Boston’s Kenmore Square has pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving charges.
Prosecutors say a video recording shows that Lataria Milton intentionally drove toward a City of Boston Transportation Department employee who was trying to write her a ticket on Thursday morning.
The victim was hospitalized, but she’s expected to survive. Several nearby vehicles were also damaged. No passengers were on the bus at the time.
The transit agency suspended Milton and the Registry of Motor Vehicles revoked her driver’s licence. A spokesman for the MBTA says it will be a day or two before a decision is made on additional disciplinary action.
During her arraignment, attorney Steve Sack argued that while Milton has an extensive driving record — including driving with a suspended license for five months — she has never been convicted of a crime.
Milton’s uncle, James Milton, was among the relatives at the courthouse Friday defending her.
“She didn’t do it intentionally,” James Milton said. “If the bus had stopped at a stoplight, why did the lady keep chasing the bus? You know what, also the victim had a problem. That’s all it was.”
Milton, who was jailed overnight, was released on her own recognizance. She’s due back in court in October.