Dayton RTA Bus Hits Pedestrian In Crosswalk

by nph | November 4th, 2011

November 4, 2011

A Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus struck a woman in Dayton, Ohio Thursday night while crossing the street. According to the Dayton Daily News, spokesmen from the Dayton Police Department, Lieutenant Kenneth Beall, said this morning that they think the woman will survive the injuries she sustained in the accident.

It was around 9:30 PM when the woman, believed by authorities to be in her twenties, was attempting to walk across Catalpa Drive at a crosswalk. An initial investigation determined that the woman did not have the crossing signal and walked in front of the bus that had right of way. Under the darkened conditions the bus’s driver could not see the woman in the road and hit her with the front-end of the bus.

In most cases, a direct hit like this would be a death sentence, but in this case, it may have saved the woman’s life. Due to how the woman was hit, she went directly under the bus, trapping her beneath it and keeping her from being run over by the wheels of the vehicle. Paramedics were able to free the woman and take her to a local hospital where she is recovering.

The Ohio Car Accident Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy would like to take this time to remind pedestrians to always obey the signals at crosswalks. Also, wear reflective or light colored clothing if you will be walking at night. Heeding these simple tips could save your life.