A Metro Transit bus driver who hit a pedestrian Tuesday morning was briefly arrested after investigators determined he showed signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The driver is named Anecito Navasca, according to Amalgamated Transit Union 587 President Paul Bechtel. Bechtel told KING 5 Navasca denied being intoxicated and that he passed both the Metro Transit and Seattle Police alcohol tests.
However, Seattle Police investigators on-scene determined Navasca “was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol,” according to its media release. He was arrested, but later released.
Investigators said a 32-year-old pedestrian was hit at the corner of 3rd and Stewart around 7:15 A.M. Witnesses said the victim, who was hospitalized and released, may have run in front of the bus. Police said he may have been intoxicated.
The incident snarled nearby traffic for much of the morning commute.
“Usually at 7:30, not many people are walking by my store,” explained café owner Nam Choi, “But today, there were many people.”
Metro Transit later confirmed that its independent test showed no sign of alcohol in Navasca.
Metro Transit said Navasca was on leave pending the investigation. He’s been an employee for 21 years, and a full-time driver for 13 years. He has four “preventable accidents” on his record.