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Toddler Struck, Killed by Chicago Transit Authority Bus

Tina Robinson3 years ago

Chicago authorities are investigating a fatal bus accident that happened on Monday afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune. Initial reports say a 19-month-old girl was struck and killed by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus.

Details of the Fatal CTA Bus Accident

The accident happened near the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 7700 block of South Shore Drive in Chicago. Neighbors say it is a common gathering place for children to play despite heavy traffic along the road.

On Monday, a child identified as Cherish C. Meyers, 19-months-old, darted in front of an oncoming CTA bus. Reports say the driver attempted to swerve but was unable to avoid hitting the child. Meyers became trapped underneath the bus and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bus driver was taken to the University of Chicago medical center with unspecified injuries.

Pedestrian Injury Facts

In 2010, about 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An additional 70,000 were injured. Tragically, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than a vehicle occupant.

The CDC also notes that children are one of the groups most a risk for pedestrian injuries. Of children killed in motor vehicle accidents, about one in five are pedestrians. 

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