Google Executive Fatally Struck By Tech Company Bus
Condolence to her family and friends.
The memory I have is about something similar. Back in the early 1989 or 1990, I was working for a law firm located in the US Bancorp Tower. An associate attorney and I left the office to get lunch and take a walk it must have been summer since I remember the weather was nice. We walked towards downtown and reached a busy intersection filled with pedestrians which was also a bridge abutment for the Morrison bridge.
What I saw: We were waiting for the light to change so we could cross to the south. There was a large group of pedestrians waiting. A woman walked around the group to the west, a bus passed and hit the brakes hard, but I didn't think anything about it. As soon as the bus cleared the intersection we could see that the walk light had changed while the bus was in the intersection.
What happened: The young woman apparently could see the crosswalk light change as she was further to the west than we were and so she began to cross. The bus ran the red, and just as she stepped off the curb, the bus zoomed through the crosswalk. The bus hit her and threw her far down the street. She died on impact.
We walked on oblivious to what happened mostly because as soon as we stepped behind the bus we could not hear or see the commotion and we were headed south while the activity was to the west.
When my friend and I returned, we noticed the commotion which was still going on and spoke briefly to the police as reported what I saw. My friend had his back to the incident and did not see anything.
Buses are big humans small they are something to avoid if possible.