I-Team: Video shows what happened in accident involving RTA bus, woman crossing street

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CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned no charges will be filed against an RTA bus driver for an accident with a woman crossing the street.

The incident happened the evening of September 1 at Superior and Lakeview in Cleveland, and it was caught on camera from multiple angles. The video comes from the RTA bus cameras.

Cleveland Accident Investigators found the woman crossed “illegally” in a crosswalk against a Don’t Walk signal. Plus the woman was on a cell phone at the time, and a prosecutor found she wasn’t paying attention. Additionally, a prosecutor found the woman had moved into a blind spot as the driver made a turn, a blind spot created by the frame of the bus.

The I-Team obtained the video of the crash. You see the woman crossing the street as the bus turned, and then you hear the bus driver shout when he realized he had hit someone. A report shows the bus ended up with a tire on the woman’s ankle. And the video also includes the woman and passengers screaming to move the bus back since it was still  on the woman.

Investigators found the woman had started to cross illegally just as the light turned green for the bus to turn.

A report shows the woman is 50, and she had severe muscle and tissue damage to her foot and ankle.

The I-Team made contact with her. First, she agreed to an interview, and then she cancelled it.

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