CATS Bus Operator Injured Following Assault In Northwest Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — A CATS bus operator is recovering from injuries after she was assaulted while on the job.

MEDIC rushed the 60-year-old to the hospital after friends say a passenger hit her in the face with a trash can.  The attack happened Tuesday afternoon off Ashley Road near Tuckaseegee.

Willis Draughn, Jr., a friend of the driver, who is running for Charlotte Mayor, spoke to WCCB News about her injuries.

“Her eye is shut closed, bruised up, nose swollen,” says Draughn.

Back in February, CATS bus operator Ethan Rivera was shot and killed by a suspected road rage driver.  Darian Thavychith was indicted for the murder in March.

Weeks after the murder, CATS announced it had taken several steps to increase security, such as added patrols at the Charlotte Transit Center, and bus routes.  We asked CATS for a statement about this latest attack on a driver, but they have not responded.