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Family of woman killed in TTC bus crash launches lawsuit

The family of a woman killed in a TTC bus crash filed a $4.25 million lawsuit against the transit commission on Tuesday.

Jadranka Petrova, 43, died when the bus collided with a large flatbed truck carrying a crane on Aug. 30 on Lawrence Avenue East. The crash also injured 13 other passengers.

The suit, filed by her husband, daughter, and son, alleges that the TTC was negligent for allowing the driver to operate the bus. William Ainsworth, 51, was arrested following the fatal crash and charged with criminal negligence causing death and possession of cannabis.

“[The TTC] created and allowed a situation of danger to exist when, by the use of reasonable efforts, they could have prevented the situation of danger,” lawyer John McLeish alleges.

The suit also names Ainsworth, the driver of the truck, and truck owner Amherst Crane Rentals Limited as defendants, as well as the TTC.

“Jadranka and Donco were teenage sweethearts who were married for nearly 25 years when she was killed,” McLeish said.

“To say the family is heartbroken and lost without Jadranka would be a massive understatement.”

Shortly after the crash, their daughter Irena told CityNews that the family had recently emigrated from Macedonia.

“When I saw the bus, I was screaming and crying too much, and I said to my father ‘My mom is in the bus. My mom is in the bus,’” she said. “We were running and we went there, and one police officer showed us her driver’s licence and asked ‘Is this she?’ and I asked ‘Is she okay?’ and he said ‘No, she’s dead.’”

“She had made plans to get her G2 license. She was on the bus to do that. That’s when the accident occurred,” Irena said at the time.