R.G. Williams steers a city bus through Louisville’s streets with ease.

His confidence behind the wheel comes from more than 15 years of experience working with the city’s transit authority.

Williams started working as a driver and is now a supervisor.

But his history with TARC stretches back to his youth, when he was a regular passenger. From his home in West Louisville, Williams would take the bus to school, to the mall and to visit friends.

But a trip he took one fall day in 1990 was anything but usual. And it served to frame the rest of his life.

Listen to this unforgettable story in the player above. And check out photos of Williams below.

Jacob Ryan is a reporter for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.
R.G. Dunlop is an investigative reporter whose work has exposed government corruption and resulted in numerous reforms.