A 40-year-old Venice man was killed Monday afternoon, June 1st, when he was walking in a crosswalk on Pacific Avenue in Venice and was struck by a bus, which dragged him a couple of blocks before the driver was alerted of the collision, police said.
The man, identified as Donald Barrett, was crossing Pacific at Rose Avenue at about 4:20 p.m. when he was hit by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus, investigator Olin Osborne of the Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic division said.
Following the collision, the bus continued to travel northbound on Pacific to Navy Street until witnesses notified the driver that the pedestrian was being dragged, Osborne said.
“Apparently the bus driver was not aware that the pedestrian was under the bus until he was alerted by a witness and he immediately stopped,” Osborne said.
The bus came to a stop at Navy and Main Streets, where Los Angeles firefighters had to extricate the victim from underneath the bus, LAFD spokesman Devin Gales said. Barrett was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The driver of the bus, a 51-year-old Los Angeles man, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition, police said. No passengers were on the bus at the time of the collision and no other injuries were reported.
Metro spokeswoman Gale Anderson said the bus involved in the incident was a Metro Line 33, which travels between downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
“It’s the worst thing that could possibly happen,” Anderson said of fatalities involving a bus. “It’s a tragic situation.”
Prior to the collision, the bus was traveling westbound on Rose Avenue and was turning right onto Pacific Avenue, where Barrett was crossing. The traffic signal for Rose was reportedly green but West Traffic police were investigating if the crosswalk signal for crossing was lit, Osborne said.
There does not appear to be any evidence of a crime and there are no charges pending, police said.