A bus driver who has been fined more than $2,000 for causing a major crash on a city street is a self-confessed environmentalist.
The driver, who was a member of a self described “eco-revolutionary” organization called the Black Riders Union, was fined $1,500 after causing a collision on the main street of the city of Bakersfield, California, in March.
The group’s website says it is committed to the “deconstructing the industrial and urban model of capitalism and to the dismantling of the state.”
The bus driver was driving a Tesla Model S and a BMW X5, with a capacity of 12,000 passengers.
The bus was hit by a Honda Civic driven by a woman, causing both vehicles to catch fire.
The woman, who had not been identified by police, was hospitalized in serious condition.
The crash prompted Bakersfields Mayor Jim Bratton to order an independent investigation.
According to the Bakersland Californian, the city’s transportation department conducted an “independent audit” into the crash, finding that the bus driver had failed to wear a seat belt.
The city also found the driver had not taken the necessary safety precautions.
The Bakersburg Californian reports that the mayor told the newspaper that “the safety of the people on the bus is paramount.”
The Independent California Times, the local newspaper, reported that Bakersberg is one of the few cities in the state to ban electric buses and has a “no-charge” policy.
The California Department of Transportation is investigating the crash.
The report said the driver’s “failure to take any safety precautions” caused the bus to hit an “unrecognizable object.”
In response to the crash and the report, the driver has released a statement saying, “I am proud of myself for putting aside my personal safety for the safety of all of Bakerfield.
I will continue to fight to reduce the amount of pollution that comes from electric vehicles.”