RTA officials ‘appalled’ by investigation findings

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)– Executive Director of RTA released a statement after an internal investigation finds an employee fabricated statements regarding a February shooting.

“I can tell you, I’ve been in this business 38 years and I’ve obviously encountered a great number of incidents of all types. Never one like this, ever,” said Executive Director, Mark Donaghy.

After four months of investigating alongside Dayton police, an RTA report found Mark Wagoner’s claims about being attacked by three men and a Bible saving his life– were a lie.

“This is not what RTA is, and not what RTA employees are about.”

Wagoner was given a copy of the internal investigation, along with a memo stating company violations.

“I can’t explain why those first two shots didn’t kill me and I still don’t think I am worth a miracle,” Wagoner told 2 NEWS.

Wagoner was upset, and said neither police, nor his employer, showed proof he was lying.

Wednesday, police announced the inconsistencies were in the evidence– proven with DNA, and ballistics tests.

Through the RTA’s investigation, Donaghy says they couldn’t repeat Wagoner’s version of events.

“We went through every expert in our trolley shop, we talked to bus drivers– we talked to everyone. There was only one way we could replicate what happened, or what was alleged to happen. What you saw in the video, where the bus lost power, and that is literally to turn the master switch off which is what kills the actual ignition of the bus.”

Donaghy said it’s been most hurtful for hundreds of employees who fear their reputations are tainted, as well as RTA customers who ride the bus almost 10 million times a year.

“The simplest way to say it, is we’re mad as hell. But we have to deal with this, and we have an important service to provide. Our folks are going to continue to do that, and we’re going to make sure they’re able to do it.”

Wagoner will be given the opportunity to defend himself against RTA’s evidence. Donaghy said it could happen as early as next week.

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