A 52-year-old male pedestrian was hit by a Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Wednesday, September 5th, at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica.
The man suffered severe injuries to both legs in the accident. He was treated at the scene by paramedics from the Santa Monica Fire Department and taken to UCLA Medical Center.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing, but to date it appears that the driver of the bus did not do anything out of the ordinary that might have caused the bus to collide with the pedestrian.
“We don’t believe that it was anything more than an unfortunate situation where the pedestrian was injured by the bus,” said Santa Monica Police Lt. Alex Padilla, the department’s spokesman. “Based on the information that we have, it appears to have been an accident.”
Padilla said that the department does not routinely release the names of accident victims unless they have committed a crime.
“We feel for the victim and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery,” said Dan Dawson, customer relations manager of the Big Blue Bus.
The driver of the bus is on leave pending the conclusion of the investigation, said Dawson.
The agency conducts its inquiry into accidents involving its buses in conjunction with the police.
“We have several cameras on board each bus, so we are able to see a lot of what happens,” said Linda Gamberg, marketing and public information coordinator of the Big Blue Bus.
A week before the accident, the police department received a $250,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to initiate a program that will target reducing the level of collisions and injuries that arise from traffic accidents.
The California Office of Traffic and Safety is the state agency that is charged with the mission to obtain and effectively administer traffic safety grant funds to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from traffic related collisions.
In 2005, 750 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Santa Monica.