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Ronald Taylor sentenced in fatal D.C. bus crash

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Former Metro bus operator Ronald Taylor, 41, was sentenced Friday in the 2008 fatal crash in northwest D.C. that killed a California man.

Taylor, 41, a former bus driver for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, was sentenced to a year in prison on a charge of negligent homicide in a traffic fatality that took place in 2008, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced. Taylor pleaded guilty in March 2012.

At the time that he committed the offense, Taylor was on parole in Maryland for two prior drug felonies. As a result, in addition to the sentence imposed today, Taylor faces at least 18 more months in prison in Maryland for violating his parole.

At the plea hearing earlier this year, Taylor admitted that he was driving his Metro bus about 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2008, along Virginia Avenue NW, from Constitution Avenue toward the intersection with 19th Street NW. Taylor's bus was not carrying any passengers, as he was "Not In Service," heading to Metro's Western Garage in Friendship Heights.

The government's evidence showed that when Taylor's bus reached the intersection at 19th Street, he ran the solid red light and entered the intersection. A taxi already had entered the intersection with passengers Bartlett M. Tabor, 55, his wife, Katherine, and their children, who were then nine and 10 years old. The Tabor family was visiting Washington, D.C. from their home state of California.

Tabor was later pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital. The taxi driver, Equar Negash, was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken collar bone. Mrs. Tabor suffered a broken sternum, and the children suffered minor physical injuries.

Taylor was also determined to have been speeding at the time.

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