RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A 32-year-old woman was killed after being struck by a GRTC Pulse bus Tuesday evening on Broad Street.
The bus was traveling east at 5 p.m. and police said it appears the bus had the right-of-way. Police believe the woman crossed into the bus lane when she was struck. She died on the scene.
The woman was identified as Alice E. Woodson, 32. Police said she lived on Monument Avenue not far from where the crash the occurred.
“I heard about what happened, and I didn’t know it was her at first," Woodson’s friend, Anna Grace Houtz, said. “Just the fact that it happened is horrible.”
Employees of stores on West Broad near Lombardy say they had gotten used to seeing Woodson’s smile. She was known for always saying hello as she passed by walking with her four dogs.
“She didn’t have a lot of people around her, but she had us. My coworkers and I, we loved her,” Houtz said. “We know where she came from. We know she didn’t have it easy, but she was so strong.”
Houtz and other friends set up a memorial dedicated to Woodson outside of the Broad and Bowe Starbucks where she would order from every day.
“I want [people] to know that [Alice] was loved and that [Alice} was real and human," Houtz said. "I want people to know her name, and that she was a good person.”
Houtz said part of West Broad won’t be the same without Alice Woodson.
GRTC said it is reviewing video from the bus’ surveillance camera, and the driver is on leave pending an internal investigation.
“The entire GRTC Family is grieved by the accident today which took the life of a pedestrian, and our deepest condolences are with the pedestrian’s family,” GRTC said in a statement. “We are focused on the well-being of our operator who drove the bus and are ensuring they receive care. Per safety protocols, the Operator will be checked at a hospital.”
Eight passengers and a fare inspector were on the bus in addition to the driver. Only the fare inspector reported an injury.
Elizabeth Lamonica was on the bus and said she heard a thump and the driver started crying before calling emergency personnel.
“I saw our security guard fall to the floor and I stood up to see what was going on. All I could hear was my bus driver screaming ‘Oh my God, I hit somebody,’” she said.
This is the only fatal crash involving a GRTC bus this year. The bus involved was a 2007 model.
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