JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The mother of a local woman who was dragged and run over by a Jacksonville city bus is calling for further action to be taken.
“I want justice for her,” Lana Long said Monday of her daughter, Jeanie Rozar.
Earlier that day, Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced it fired the bus operator involved.
“I can’t believe it’s happened,” Long said. “I just can’t believe it.”
It’s overwhelming, but Long is trying to remember the good times with her daughter.
“She was a good mom,” Long said. “She’s going to be truly missed.”
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“Some of these accidents are of the type that people not paying attention is the only way such an accident could occur...this should have been avoidable.”
Witnesses told Action News Jax that Rozar’s arm got caught in the door of the city bus Saturday and she was dragged and run over.
On Monday night, Rozar’s loved ones gathered for a candlelight vigil for the Mayport mom and added to a growing memorial.
Hours earlier, JTA announced it terminated bus operator Jean Silney for violating JTA operator work rules, but it did not elaborate.
“I think they did the right thing,” Long said.
Rozar’s family has retained Jacksonville attorney Randy Reep.
Action News Jax asked if there appear to be signs of negligence in this case.
“Some of these accidents are of the type that people not paying attention is the only way such an accident could occur,” Reep said. “I don’t want to point fingers just yet, but this should have been avoidable.”
On Monday, Action News Jax went by the bus operator’s listed address for comment, but no one came to the door.
JTA said there are no sensors in the door of that bus to detect if a passenger or item is stuck. Other, newer JTA buses do have the feature.
ATU 1197, the union representing JTA operators, is working with the operator in this case. The union president called it a tragedy and said the union will arbitrate for the operator as needed.
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