FAIRFIELD — A 72-year-old man, who says DART Paratransit failed to make sure he was in a seatbelt and that when the vehicle stopped abruptly he was thrown from his wheelchair, broke his knee and suffered a head wound, is suing Fairfield and the transit service.
The filing this month in Solano County Superior Court for Joseph Tucker follows the Aug. 15, 2013, incident on North Texas Street.
DART referred a request for comment to Wayne Lewis, assistant director of public works for the city, who could not be reached Wednesday. The city of Fairfield generally does not comment about matters in litigation.
Attorney Devan Bennett of Fairfield, who represents Tucker, said Wednesday that “The claim is meritorious.”
DART has a duty to make sure passengers are safe, Bennett said.
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