On October 20th, 2014, SMART Bus driver Leon Rasheed fell asleep at the wheel of a Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) bus while driving westbound on Maple Road in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Rasheed woke up just in time to realize that he was about hit a car, but instead of braking, he pressed down on the accelerator, causing a half mile long, eight car crash. Rasheed told police, "'Why won't this bus stop?' "And then I realized, 'You hittin' the accelerator.' "
The motor vehicle crash seriously injured at least two people and Rasheed was charged with a moving violation for causing serious impairment of body function, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned on March 30, 2015 at the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Hills. District Court Magistrate Peter Mansour set the negligent bus driver’s bail at 10% of $10,000. Rasheed now faces a possible 93-day jail sentence.
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