- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Leonardtown area man has lost his job as a bus driver for The Center for Life Enrichment, and faces a charge of neglect of a vulnerable adult in court papers alleging that one of his passengers was left unattended in the center’s parking lot for more than three hours.
James Henry Rencher, 75, said Wednesday that he “just plain forgot” that the 51-year-old woman was still on the bus when he parked it on Jan. 15 at the facility serving people with disabilities, in part because she recently had switched from being a daily to a once-a-week rider.
Rencher arrived at the center with the bus at about 9 a.m. that day. Another employee at the organization in Hollywood got on the bus at about 12:30 p.m. to move it, and spotted the woman lying on the floor, according to a charges application filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Michael D. Phelan.
The woman, who has a hearing and speech impairment and suffers from arthritis in her spine, immediately was helped back into her wheelchair after she was discovered on the bus, court papers state, and she was taken by ambulance to MedStar Sr. Mary’s Hospital after she said her left leg had been injured.
Randall Ferguson, the center’s executive director, said Wednesday that Rencher has been terminated from his job for failing to follow its policies and procedures. Rencher was charged with the misdemeanor criminal offense through a summons.