Former RTA driver gets probation for killing pedestrian

Nov. 13, 2017: Antoinette Peterkin spoke through tears moments before she was sentenced in Cleveland for striking and killing a woman while driving an RTA bus. She pleaded with the victim's family to forgive her one day. She was given one year of probatio

CLEVELAND -- A former Regional Transit Authority bus driver was sentenced Monday morning for hitting and killing a pedestrian near Public Square in downtown Cleveland nearly a year ago.

46-year-old Antoinette Peterkin was placed on one year of probation, including 20 hours of community service per month at MetroHealth Medical Center.

"If it's taking a book and reading it to children while they're doing some physical therapy or recovering, that may be the niche that will be helpful for you to move forward," the judge told Peterkin.

She was also ordered to pay court costs, and her driver's license was suspended for one year.

Peterkin previously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of vehicular homicide back in October.

In a letter to the judge, Peterkin described the incident writing, “I never made a complete stop on East Roadway at the stop sign. However your honor I turned the corner no more than 5 mph. I checked left right then left again.”

Peterkin cried as she listened to the victim's family speak out in court prior to sentencing being handed down.

"I'd like to take this time to say I'm so sorry," Peterkin said through tears to the victim's family. She pleaded with them to "forgive me one day."

It was around 7 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2016 that Peterkin hit 69-year-old Joan Kuendig of Shaker Heights, who was in a crosswalk. 

Kuendig died weeks later.

You can watch the entire sentencing hearing here:

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