Pedestrian killed in highway bus crash is identified

The man who was struck and killed by a city bus on Interstate 35 on Tuesday was identified as 40-year-old Charles E. Turman of St. Joseph.

The preliminary Missouri Highway Patrol crash report did not say why Turman was on the highway at 5:10 p.m., one-tenth of a mile north of the split with Interstate 29 in Kansas City, North. The incident forced the closure of the northbound lanes of the highway for five hours.

Turman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The report said a 24-year-old female passenger on the bus was taken to Liberty Hospital with minor injuries.

The 21-year-old driver of the bus was not injured. Cynthia Baker, spokeswoman for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, said she had graduated at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday from a six-week driving school in which she was graded at the top of her five-member class. She is now taking some time off from her job.

The impact with the pedestrian broke the portion of the bus window to the right of the driver.

“I have seen the video from the bus, and it looks like he clearly is trying to cross the street,” Baker said, adding that his reason is a mystery. “It’s impossible to get into his head. We have no clue.”