The aftermath of the crash. Photo by Mark H. Anbinder, 14850 Magazine

ITHACA, N.Y. — The City of Ithaca and Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit bus company have been sued over a fatal crash that took the life of a woman in January.


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Angela Stedwell, 55, of Spencer, died after being hit by a TCAT bus on Jessup Road on Jan. 26. Police were called to the scene around 7:25 a.m.

No criminal charges were filed in the case, which was investigated by the Cayuga Heights Police Department, the Ithaca Voice reported shortly after the accident.

A lawsuit filed in Tompkins County Court by Stedwell’s family on June 22 names TCAT, the city, Tompkins County and an unnamed bus driver as defendants in the case.

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The lawsuit says that Stedwell was walking in the street legally, and that the accident was therefore “caused solely by reason of the carelessness, negligence … and willful disregard on part of the defendants.” No response has as of yet been filed in court.

The aftermath of the crash. Photo by Mark H. Anbinder, 14850 Magazine

Stedwell was an administrative assistant in Cornell’s Department of Human Development, according to the university. The accident followed the death of a Cornell student just a few days earlier in a crash on Route 96.

Stedwell’s attorney in the lawsuit is Paul B. Weitz, of the Cochran Firm.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.