A woman that was struck by a Centre Area Transportation Authority bus in 2011 filed preliminary papers indicating a lawsuit against CATA last Wednesday in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.
The woman, Emily Wiggins, was struck by a CATA bus at about 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2011 on the corner of West Beaver Avenue and South Burrowes Street, her attorney Bernard Cantorna said.
The bus was turning left onto West Beaver Avenue from South Burrowes Street when the bus struck Wiggins, who walked in front of the bus, according to witnesses at the scene, as previously reported.
According to eyewitness reports of the incident, the bus lifted her off the ground and rolled her along the street, as previously reported.
Also according to eyewitness accounts, the woman was moving on the ground after being hit and complained of pain in her right hip and left leg, as previously reported.
Wiggins sustained an unspecified head injury from the accident, Cantorna said.
Cantorna said he could not say much about the filing because it is so early in the litigation stage, as only a writ of summons — or the first step in a civil legal proceeding — is filed.
Cantorna could not comment if Wiggins was a student at the time of the accident or not.
CATA Marketing Manager Jacqueline Sheader said that CATA is aware of the filing, but that it can’t release any information on how they will respond to the filing until information about the filing moves through insurance providers.