Bus Driver Burned by Hot Coffee, Attacker Faces $250K Bail

Staff Writer
An angry commuter uses hot coffee against bus driver.

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

A Chicago commuter threw hot coffee in a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver’s face and assaulted him on Friday for supposedly not stopping at a bus stop.

The driver got second-degree burns that could lead to permanent scarring and is charging Quintin M. Jackson, 32, with aggravated battery causing bodily harm and aggravated battery to a transit employee, according to court records and Cook County prosecutors.

Jackson boarded the victim’s parked bus with hot coffee in hand, then accused him of not stopping at a stop to allow him to board the bus, Assistant State’s Attorney Bridge O’Brien told Chicago Tribune. But it apparently wasn’t even a valid stop.

Then Jackson temporarily blinded the victim’s left eye with the scalding coffee, and then began punching and choking him, according to court records. The bus driver managed to break free and run off the bus, with Jackson trailing after him.

When the police arrived, Jackson did not deny that he bought the coffee and threw it in the driver’s face.

The 49-year-old victim was sent to Loyola University Medical Center’s burn center and was treated with severe burns to the face, neck, and arms.

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No word on arrest yet, but Jackson was ordered a $250,000 bail on Sunday at Cook County bond court.