May 24, 2010
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Omnitrans Driver Dies; Memorial Fund Established
Omnitrans in San Bernardino, CA, announced the first death of an agency employee on the job in its 34-year history.
Bus operator Lawrence Kester, 47, was stabbed to death May 7 as he drove a route in Rialto, CA. A suspect is in custody.
Kester was a 15-year Omnitrans operator who recently had been named to the “Million Mile Club,” which recognizes drivers who have safely driven more than one million passenger miles without a preventable accident. He earned more than a dozen commendations for safety and customer service during the course of his career with the system.
According to Omnitrans, a few passengers were on board the 40-foot coach when the incident occurred near an intersection. None of them were injured, though the bus veered off the road and hit a tree.
Kester and his wife Misty celebrated their wedding anniversary four days before the incident. They have eight children.
The transit agency has established a memorial fund for the family. Donations marked “Kester Family Memorial Fund” may be sent to Omnitrans headquarters, 1700 W. Fifth St., San Bernardino, CA 92411.
“We are devastated by this horrible and senseless attack. We will remember Larry as a man who was deeply dedicated to his family, friends and customers,” said Omnitrans Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Milo Victoria. “Our prayers and deepest sympathies go out to his family and loved ones.”