Late in the afternoon of Oct. 23, 1999, Muni driver Sarah Benton picked up an empty bus at a Municipal Railway yard in southeast San Francisco, drove off, and an hour later exited Highway 280 at Monterey Boulevard, racing at 70 miles an hour toward her first stop. Slowing down in front of the speeding bus was a red Nissan Sentra driven by J.C. Criswell, a retired Hunters Point Shipyard laborer who was on his way to visit his cousin. Benton's bus slammed into the back of Criswell's car so hard that a slightly raised identifying number on the front of the bus was imprinted on the trunk of the Nissan. "It was like an explosion," Criswell recalled in a legal deposition.... More >>>