Standing on the sidewalk while waiting for a bus sounds like a pretty safe thing to do, at least under normal circumstances.
A driver allegedly crossed four lanes of cars before crashing into two women who were on the sidewalk waiting for the bus in Orlando last week. The car-pedestrian accident occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. in the afternoon. One of the women, who was 31 years old, died in the hospital two days later.
The second woman, who is 52, was in the hospital and described as in critical condition, with police experiencing difficulties getting in touch with her family, according to My Fox Orlando.
The woman who passed away was the mother of two sons, ages five and one. She was described as a very nurturing mother who cooked for her family every day and took good care of them. At the time of the accident, she was waiting to take the bus to go home from a doctor’s office after an appointment, according to My Fox Orlando.
She apparently sent her family a text message just before the accident expressing the hope that she was waiting for the correct bus. This was the last they ever heard from her. Medical personnel were unable to revive her following the tragic crash.
The motorist had allegedly faced reckless driving charges twice in the previous two years, and was previously arrested for driving under the influence. Police investigators have not yet determined the cause of the accident, or why his car went up onto the sidewalk. As the police investigation continued, unspecified criminal charges were reportedly pending against the driver.
Source: My Fox Orlando, “One dead, one critical following crash,” Holly Bristow, Oct. 27, 2011