West Kelowna bus driver beaten

A "flurry of fists" greeted a West Kelowna bus driver who did not stop at an unmarked location upon request

  • Jul. 16, 2013 8:00 a.m.

A transit bus driver was brutally assaulted for doing his job on Saturday night, according to Kelowna RCMP.

Regan Hammond, a 33 year-old from West Kelowna, was charged with assault causing bodily harm Tuesday for the bizarre attack that saw the driver’s jaw fractured and passengers witness a horrible scuffle.

The bus was travelling on Hwy 97 towards West Kelowna at around 11:40 p.m. when Hammond, a passenger on the bus, yelled at the driver to let him off on Boucherie Road.

The driver told him the bus didn’t stop at the location and Hammond remained on board until the Stevens and Westlake Road Interchange, where witnesses allege he became very violent.

“(Hammond) got up and began swearing at the driver and then delivered a flurry of fists to the driver’s head as the bus pulled in to the bus stop,” said Const. Steve Holmes, Kelowna RCMP spokesman, in a press release issued Tuesday about the incident.

The driver managed to get Hammond off the bus before calling police, but then had to be transported, by ambulance, to Kelowna General Hospital where he was treated for head injuries that included a fractured jaw.

He returns to court Wednesday

 

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