Elias John Lewis, 36, a bus driver for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, died Nov. 28 at George Washington University Hospital of injuries suffered in an automobile accident Nov. 14.

D.C. police said Mr. Lewis was injured when the car he was driving was struck from behind by another vehicle on the 14th Street Bridge. Mr. Lewis was headed for work when the accident occurred about 5 a.m.

A native of Grenada, West Indies, he had lived at St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands, before coming to the Washington area in 1969. He worked here as a shoe salesman in a downtown store and as a construction worker. He earned an associate degree in community organization at American University before becoming a Metro bus driver in 1974.

In 1970, he married the former Vivian Nixon, of Richmond, who recently was transferred to California by the airline for which she works.

In addition to his wife, of Playa del Rey, Calif., survivors include a son, Joel Clinton who lives with his mother; a brother, Lawrence, of Washington; three sisters, Ethlene and Irma Lewis, of Trinidad, W.I., and Rebecca Lewis, of Washington, and his parents, Veronica Haga Lewis, of Grenada, and Gomez Lewis, of Port of Spain, Trinidad.