Bus that struck 91-year-old pedestrian in Montgomery County was following green light

February 27, 2014

The school bus that fatally struck a 91-year-old pedestrian at a Montgomery County intersection Wednesday was following a green signal, police said Thursday. The victim, who was using a walker, apparently made it across most of U.S. 29 (Columbia Pike) before being hit.

Police said their investigation thus far has shown the following sequence of events. About 2:23 p.m., Elia Miranski began walking in a crosswalk — going across U.S. 29 at Tech Road. He made it past the southbound lanes to a median. He continued across the first two northbound lanes, which are for drivers making left turns. That traffic was stopped by a red, left-turn arrow. But the next three lanes were for cars continuing north, and that traffic was flowing under a green light, police said. Miranski was struck when he walked across that section of the road.

The bus was carrying 14 students back to Howard County after a field trip to the White House. None of the students were injured. The accident occurred just north of the White Oak section of the county.

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Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.
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