Coroner releases name of pedestrian killed by school bus
The investigation into a school bus crash that claimed the life of an elderly pedestrian in York City Wednesday morning is expected to take at least several weeks, York City Police Lt. Troy Bankert said.
It happened about 7:40 a.m. at the intersection of South Beaver and West Princess streets, police said.
Killed was Evelyn Miller, 70, of the 1200 block of West Market Street, according to York County Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley.
"(Miller) was crossing the street and the bus was making a left-hand turn and at least partially ran over the decedent," Stabley said.
She was taken to York Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:20 a.m., he said.
Run over: Miller's torso and lower extremities were partially run over, Stabley confirmed.
She died of multiple blunt-force injuries, and her death has been ruled accidental, he said. No autopsy is planned.
"Evidently the police do have security video from the school district," and are reviewing it, Stabley said.
The school-bus driver — a woman in her 50s — and the four students in the bus were on their way to St. Patrick Catholic School at 235 S. Beaver St. and to Logos Academy at 250 W. King St., according to police.
The students and driver escaped injury, police said.
The investigation: York City Officer Nicholas Hansel is heading up the investigation and is a certified crash reconstructionist, according to Bankert.
Hansel and other officers spent about two hours at the scene Wednesday morning, collecting evidence and taking photographs, the lieutenant said.
Hansel has not yet determined who was at fault, according to Bankert.
"He's going to look at contributing factors, then look at culpability," Bankert said. "We are completely open to where the evidence guides us."
The school bus will be inspected, which is standard investigative protocol, according to Bankert.
The bus driver provided a blood sample for alcohol and drug testing, which also is standard procedure, he said. Bankert noted that investigators at this point have no reason to suspect that's an issue.
On leave: The Red Lion Bus Inc. driver has been placed on leave until the investigation is complete, according to Shawn McGlinchey, with the safety department of Krapf Bus Co., the parent company of Red Lion Bus Co.
He said that's the company's standard policy.
"It's traumatic for everyone," McGlinchey said. "We've already connected our driver with the employee assistance program."
He said company employees continue to work with police investigating the fatal incident.
'Clean driving record': Krapf Bus Co. emailed a statement on Wednesday afternoon:
"The Red Lion Bus Co. family wants to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of the woman who was killed in this accident. Safety is our extreme priority, and our drivers have extensive training to ensure they are as safe as possible on the road and with their passengers. The driver involved in this incident has a very clean driving record. She is cooperating fully with police and we will certainly be reviewing and assessing the incident as well. We have also provided her with counseling, as she is obviously upset about this incident. School counselors have been made available for the four students who were on the bus at the time. Red Lion Bus has a 76-year history of excellent, safe driving in central Pennsylvania. Each school day we transport approximately 8,500 students over 15,000 miles to our school districts' customers. We will continue to work to ensure that our buses and drivers follow the very highest of safety standards."
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