Shawnee & Lenexa

October 11, 2013

Downtown bus driver appears to have been distracted when Shawnee woman ran over, dragged

The driver of a MAX bus appears to have been distracted when it ran over and dragged a Shawnee woman almost a block, according to a video released last week.

The driver of a Kansas City Max bus appears to have been distracted when the bus ran over and dragged a Shawnee woman almost a block, Kansas City police said Tuesday.

“Our investigation is finished,” said Maj. Jim Pruetting, who oversees the Special Operations Division. “We determined the bus driver was at fault. The cause is inattention.”

In bus security video released last week, the driver with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority appears to be looking down and reaching for something at the time of the accident.

Cindy Baker, a spokeswoman with the ATA, declined to comment late last week, saying the accident was under investigation.

Baker did say the driver is no longer employed by the ATA.

The 68-year-old woman was struck shortly before 6:55 a.m. Oct. 4 and dragged almost a block.

The woman, who was headed south on Baltimore Avenue, was in the crosswalk at 11th Street and crossing with a green light.

The driver didn’t know the bus had hit the woman and was dragging her until witnesses ran after the bus and banged on it. The bus stopped just before the woman was swept under the left rear tires, which would have likely killed her, said Sgt. Bill Mahoney.

The woman was taken to a hospital with critical injuries and numerous broken bones. She has undergone at least one surgery and is expected to survive, Mahoney said.

Police are sending the case to the state prosecutor to review.

The video can be seen at

KSHB-TV’s website.

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