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Father accuses former Highlands bus driver of assaulting his daughter

| Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 5:24 p.m.

The father of a Highlands School District student filed a civil assault and battery lawsuit Monday in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against a former W.L. Roenigk bus driver accused of hitting his daughter.

John Dasta, 55, of Penn Hills claims the driver, Kenneth Painter, struck his daughter in the head on Nov. 16, 2011.

Dasta is seeking monetary damages for his daughter's injuries. He could not be reached for comment.

A jury found Painter not guilty of criminal wrongdoing in November 2012.

“We've been through this once before,” said Painter, 76, of Ford City, who retired last year after driving buses for 18 years. “Every attorney that looked at the charges said this should have been thrown out at the magistrate's office.”

School district spokeswoman Misty Chybrzynski did not return a call.

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