Driver runs red light, indirectly leads to bus rider getting punched

SEATTLE -- Demonstrating the butterfly effect in a less painful way than sitting through the Ashton Kutcher movie of the same name, a driver running a red light indirectly led to a bus passenger getting punched in the face last Wednesday in downtown Seattle.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, a Metro bus was crossing the intersection of First Avenue and Seneca Street around 1 p.m. when the bus driver had to brake abruptly to avoid hitting a car running a red light.

The bus' sudden braking threw nearly all the passengers from their seats. One of the passengers immediately became irate and started yelling at the bus driver, according to the report.

The victim, a fellow passenger, tried to calm the man down. He later told officers he thought the man might have been on drugs because of his level of agitation at the rapid braking.

According to the report, the man threatened the victim, telling him he was going to kill him. The victim responded, "Let's do this," and both men got off the bus.

Once outside, the man punched the victim in the chin, knocking him to the ground, according to the report. The victim told officers he didn't remember exactly what happened after that.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a small cut on his chin and pain in his back and finger.