TN: Passenger Pushed From MATA Bus Dies

Aug. 04--A bus passenger, hospitalized since he was pushed from bus by a security guard in May, died on Sunday as a result of his injuries, according to several of his friends.

James Robert Gray was taken to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition after the May 6 incident in which a contract guard for the Memphis Area Transit Authority pushed him off the bus during a dispute over his fare.

Gray, 68, fell from the bus and struck the pavement headfirst at MATA's North Terminal. He lapsed into a 12-week coma and passed away Sunday.

Adicus Mitchell, 50, told authorities that Gray was an "unruly passenger." He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault shortly after the incident.

Mitchell was employed with Pro-Tech Security, a firm contracted by MATA to provide security services.

Mitchell's case was submitted to the grand jury for indictment on May 9, and the jury has since been informed of Gray's death, according to Vince Higgins, spokesman for Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich's office.

It was unclear Monday if charges against Mitchell were going to be upgraded.

Tom Fox, MATA's interim general manager, strongly condemned Mitchell's actions.

"We're really appalled by the actions of the security guard," Fox said in an interview following Gray's injury. "The contract security guard just went way beyond what was reasonable in the situation."

 

 

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