- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A judge says the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and one of its former bus drivers are not responsible for the death of a Basalt woman who was struck and killed as she walked into traffic.

Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols ruled Thursday it didn’t matter if the bus was speeding at the time because the accident involving 29-year-old Joanie Kocab would have happened anyway. The Aspen Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1pUA0VL ) Kocab was struck by the bus near Buttermilk at about 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day 2012. Her mother sued the RFTA and the bus driver for wrongful death and negligence.

Investigators say Kocab was extremely intoxicated when she was hit. She had only lived in Colorado for a few weeks before her death, having moved from Wilson, Kansas.

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Information from: Aspen Daily News, https://www.aspendailynews.com



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