Prosecutors reviewing case of C-Tran driver involved in fatality

Decision on whether to file any criminal charges expected within week



Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jackson said Tuesday that he is reviewing police reports in the case to determine whether to file any criminal charges against driver Al Purvis. Jackson said he expects to have a decision within a week.

The accident occurred Dec. 2 as Purvis, a 17-year veteran driver, was driving C-Tran’s popular No. 4 bus through downtown Vancouver on the way to the Delta Park MAX station.

As he made a left turn from westbound Eighth Street onto southbound Washington Street, he struck Margaret McCluskey, 88, in the south crosswalk, according to police. She was dragged under the left rear wheels of the bus and killed instantly.

It’s not yet known how Purvis failed to see McCluskey in the crosswalk, though a witness said he was turning into bright sunlight.