The Rhode Island Supreme Court is allowing a Newport family’s lawsuit, that accuses the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority of failing to take reasonable steps to stop a trolley driver from harassing them over the course of 10 years, to proceed to trial, according to The Providence Journal.

The Providence Journal reports;

The high court has ruled that a jury should be left to decide whether RIPTA was negligent in failing to remove driver, Leon Budlong, from a route that passed by the Ruggles Avenue home of Joseph and Marilyn Hall some 32 times a day, despite complaints from the Hall family that Budlong was ringing the trolley bell at them, swerving at them, and causing them to live in fear. The decision reverses Superior Court Judge Walter Stone’s dismissal of RIPTA from the lawsuit brought against the authority; the City of Newport and its police department; and Budlong and his wife, Robin.

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