Man charged with shooting, killing CATS bus driver in 2022 pleads guilty

Man charged with shooting, killing CATS bus driver in 2022 pleads guilty

CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A man who was charged with fatally shooting a CATS bus driver in Uptown in 2022 pleaded guilty on Thursday inside a Mecklenburg County courtroom.

Darian Thavychith, of Charlotte, was charged with felony murder and felony shooting into an occupied vehicle in connection with the death of 41-year-old Ethan Rivera.

Thavychith pleaded guilty on Thursday, May 2, to second-degree murder in the case. He has been sentenced to a minimum of 13 years and a maximum of 16 years in prison.

Ethan Rivera
Ethan Rivera (File)

Rivera was gunned down while on duty in a road rage incident on West Trade Street in uptown Charlotte on February 11, 2022, CMPD said.

Detectives were able to identify Thavychith as the suspect following a multi-state manhunt involving multiple agencies. Thavychith was on the run for more than two weeks after he was finally caught in Shawnee, Kansas.

Thavychith was extradited from Kansas to Charlotte in March 2022.

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Rivera, a father, had been working for CATS for a year.

“He was coming into his own and he was doing his job driving a freaking bus,” Ethan’s mother Sylvia previously told QCN. “(Thavychith) didn’t seem to care who Ethan was or who he was leaving behind.”

On March 29, 2022, Thavychith’s case went before the Grand Jury, which indicted him. The indictment transferred the case to Superior Court and negated the need for further hearings in District Court. In September 2022, QCN confirmed Thavychith would not face the death penalty.

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