Metro has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a man whose wife was struck and killed by a Metrobus in Washington last year. Martha Stringer Schoenborn and her friend and co-worker Sally Dean McGhee were killed in the accident. The women, who worked at the Federal Trade Commission, were struck by the bus while they were in a downtown crosswalk. The incident occurred just as the two women left work, and had a “walk” signal at the crosswalk. The driver who hit them failed to look while making a left turn from one street onto another.
These two victims were among five pedestrians killed in Metrobus accidents last year. Metro recently conducted a program in which about 3,000 bus drivers and supervisors gathered at busy intersections in the District to observe pedestrians, buses and other vehicles near the crosswalks. Metro also installed amber flashing lights on 100 buses on a trial basis to alert pedestrians to their approach. The Metrobus driver pleaded guilty in September to two felony counts of negligent homicide and was sentenced to a year in jail. Mrs. McGhee’s family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court. That case is set for trial on October 17th. Peter C. Grenier, who is from Washington, D.C., was the Schoenborn’s lawyer.
Source: Washington Post
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