Two women file suit against CityLift parent company, accusing CityLift of false imprisonment and neglect

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PEORIA, Ill. — Bertha Mize-Jackson and Morgan Jackson filed suit against the parents company of CityLift Tuesday. Defendants include MV Transportation Inc. Transportation Employees and the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District.

According to the suit two children with special needs were not dropped off at the contracted location, instead far from their destination.

One of the two cases were covered by WMBD after the incident, the other is just coming to light.

According to the suit, the first incident happened on June 4. Jackson says a minor, known in the case as G.H. was supposed to be picked up from home that morning and taken to Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association. However, after G.H. was picked up, he was instead taken to a Peoria church. Jackson says he was alone for nearly two hours before he was able to get in contact with her.

The second incident happened on June 18. Bertha Mize-Jackson says her 13-year-old grandson, who has autism, was picked up by a CityLift bus driver Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association and dropped off miles from his home. He usually arrived home around 4 p.m., when he didn’t arrive home that afternoon Mize-Jackson told WMBD she was scared.

Somebody could have got him and we might not have saw him again. I was devastated. I’m still hurt and stirred in my soul that I could have lost my grandson to the negligence of service I entrusted him to.

BERTHA JACKSON, MARCUS MIZE’S GRANDMOTHER

The boy was found three hours later by Morton police on what they called “a country road.”

Days later the driver of that CityLift bus, 27-year-old Andre Walker, was arrested on charges of endangering the life and health of a child.

According to a search of Peoria County Court and criminal records, Walker was arrested days after that incident, however, at this point no charges have been filed.

The counts of both lawsuits claim Violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, False Imprisonment, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Hiring, and Negligent Supervision.

Both women are demanding a jury trial in their cases.

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