Bus driver pleads not guilty in Westboro crash

OTTAWA – The bus driver behind the wheel Jan. 11 when an OC Transpo bus crashed in to a bus stop overhang killing three and injuring 35 is pleading not guilty to all 38 related dangerous driving charges.

Aissatou Diallo was scheduled to appear at the Elgin Street courthouse Tuesday morning (Sept. 16). Diallo was not present, but her lawyer Fady Mansour was there on her behalf.

The defence attorney waved Diallos arraignment, meaning an automatic not guilty plea. 

Mansour also asked for more disclosure from the Crown. The initial batch of evidence arrived on Sept. 13, but a second wave of evidence isn’t expected to reach the courts for another couple of days.

Diallo was driving an OC Transpo bus on Jan. 11 when it slammed into the pedestrian platform overhang at Westboro Station, killing three people including West Carleton’s Judy Booth, Bruce Thomlinson and Anja Van Beek.

The accused is facing three counts of dangerous driving causing death and 35 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Diallo will be back in court on Oct. 1.