According to court filings in the fight for more disclosure, a timeline of the Ottawa police reconstruction report “went through an almost Darwinian process of evolution,” the defence team wrote.
In the final version, that reference was deleted.
In the conclusion section of another draft dated May 8, 2019, police officers said the sun may have played a factor in the collision, but, again, that reference was deleted from the final version of the report.
In examination-in-chief earlier this week, prosecutors called a driver trainer to the stand. He gave commentary while watching a video of Route 269’s final run.
He also drove a test bus to recreate that last run on the afternoon of Jan. 11, 2019. The problem with that, court heard, was that the driver trainer wasn’t at the wheel on the same day, let alone the same bus. He said the sun wasn’t a factor, at least for him, because he could shield himself by re-positioning in what he called the cockpit (driver’s seat).
Also, the conclusion section of the May 8, 2019, draft said the painted construction line may have been a factor in the crash.
Again, that conclusion was deleted from the report’s final version.
Prosecutors this week told court that the bus veered or drifted into the right lane closest to the bus shelter for unexplained reasons. In fact, they presented evidence that the double-decker express bus wasn’t supposed to stop at Westboro Station. Diallo’s next stop was supposed to be at Bayshore after picking up passengers at Tunney’s Pasture minutes before the 3:50 p.m. crash.
The court also heard that bus drivers, even on rush-hour express routes, can pull over to stations in between scheduled stops if a passenger makes a request by activating the stop light. It’s at the discretion of the driver and depends on whether they are on schedule and have room to pull over on the Transitway. It’s more of a courtesy, court heard.
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