Woman charged with assault after Memphis police say she kicked, hit daycare bus driver

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman is charged with assault after police say she hit and kicked a daycare bus driver.

It happened in Southeast Memphis when the driver was picking up kids for school.

Suzan Boughton said daycare pickup is pretty routine in front of her home on Kimball Avenue but said one day last month was far from ordinary.

“The bus came and the girl next door, she had just pulled in as the bus pulled in, and the bus blew the horn for me and my kids to come out,” she said.

She said a woman became angry with the bus driver blowing the horn.

Police said it was around 6:15 in the morning on August 19, and that Traci Lott attacked the driver.

Court records said the bus’ door was closed, but Lott forced it open.

She then reportedly tore down a fire extinguisher from inside of the bus and threw it at the driver.

Police said Lott punched and kicked the driver, causing minor injuries.

Police said the driver turned down medical treatment so she could bring the kids to school, which was about a mile down the road.

Multiple people reported seeing the incident, including some children.

It was a sight concerning to parents nearby.

“I wouldn’t want him or her to see it because he’d think he could do the same thing,” said Daniel.

We went to Lott’s apartment to get her side of the story, but no one was there.

She’s now charged with assault and vandalism after the daycare reported $200 worth of damage to the bus door.

The daycare center didn’t want to comment on this case.