Several different drivers told us that Muni management "was in the process of terminating" Ing, who was accused of tampering with the bus' onboard cameras and/or GPS system (again, Muni management has not yet gotten back to us regarding Ing's employment situation).
"He was in the process of trying to defend himself," said one driver. But it was a process that apparently was not going well in Ing's own estimation. We may never know what statement Ing was attempting to make by wearing his full Muni uniform on the day he took his own life. But it seems clear that some sort of statement -- and a powerful one at that -- was being made.
Ing's work colleagues passed the hat and raised funds for his funeral. His viewing is tonight and services will be held next week.
Update, 5:50 p.m. Muni spokesman Judson true notes that "the thoughts of the entire SFMTA family are with Mr. Ing's family and friends following the tragedy last week."
He confirms that Ing was "a 9163 Transit Operator as of July 23, 2009" and had been hired in 1997. True says that state law prohibits releasing any information from Ing's personnel file.
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