A federal judge has ruled that SEPTA cannot be held legally responsible for an elderly passenger who died on the bus. The decision states that SEPTA was not negligent in failing to call medical professionals to help the passenger. Read more below about the shocking details of the passenger's physical condition.
Although it is relatively clear that SEPTA should not stop their buses and call in the medics every single time that a passenger dozes off in their seat, this particular passenger was unresponsive, drooling and sitting in his own urine. The SEPTA driver even personally admitted that she was unable to get the man to respond. Instead of providing help, SEPTA instructed the driver to continue her route. When the bus reached the end of the route after an hour and a half more, the man was dead.
For their part, SEPTA representatives had this to say:
"On many of our late vehicles, people frequently fall asleep. We do not discriminate against somebody who wants to sleep on our vehicles; our policy is to let them sleep"
It appears that SEPTA is more concerned about accidentally waking up a passenger than ensuring that a dying passenger receives medical treatment.