Police: No charges in deadly GRTC bus collision

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police said Thursday that no charges will be filed in connection with last month’s deadly collision involving a pedestrian and GRTC Pulse bus.

The crash took place at around 5 p.m. on October 8 at the intersection of E. Broad Street and Bowe Street. Eight passengers were on the bus when it struck a woman who was crossing W. Broad Street.

The woman, who has been identified as 32-year-old Alice E. Woodson, of Monument Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“After a full investigation from the Crash Team and after consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, no charges will be filed in this incident,” Richmond Police said in a release.

Woodson lived two blocks away from the scene of the crash in the Stuart Court Apartments on Monument Avenue. The apartment’s property management company described Woodson as a longtime resident and animal lover.

8News spoke with a man, Justin Kay, who rushed to Woodson’s side moments after hearing the accident from his apartment. He said there wasn’t much he could do to save the woman, describing the scene as “pretty horrific.”

“Took one look and knew that there’s nothing I could personally do that would help in any sort of major way,” said Kay, who has experience working medical emergencies. “My first thought was to check breathing, check pulse and start CPR and rescue breathing.”

An 8News investigation later uncovered this wasn’t the first time a GRTC Pulse bus has hit a pedestrian. Footage from November 2018 shows a bus colliding with a VCU student who was crossing Broad Street.

GRTC’s CEO, Julie Timm, issued the following statement:

“The GRTC family continues to mourn the loss of a beloved member of the community. Our deepest sympathies are with her family and loved ones.  We also continue to care for and support our bus operator and all our staff who witnessed and responded to the incident.  This tragic accident will most certainly leave a lasting scar on my mind and on my heart.

As always, safety is GRTC’s top priority.  At my direction, GRTC is conducting a thorough internal review of safety procedures to determine if there are specific actions we may take or recommend to our partners to enhance public safety and to elevate awareness of safety needs within all of our mobility corridors.  

Finally, I am impressed with GRTC’s existing and on-going safety-first culture.  The entire GRTC team is dedicated to ensuring our own safety culture translates to a safer experience for everyone on the road, and I am proud of the service our operators deliver day-in and day-out.”

Julie Timm, GRTC CEO

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