2-year-old girl dies after she's hit by MTA bus

Driver, unaware, drove off after incident, police say

July 08, 1999|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A 2-year-old girl was struck and killed by a Mass Transit Administration bus early yesterday in Northwest Baltimore, and police said the driver drove away, apparently unaware of the accident.

Deandre Warren Moore, of the 1900 block of Harlem Ave. in West Baltimore, was pronounced dead at Liberty Medical Center. Police said the bus' rear wheels ran over the child after she and her mother got off the bus.

The bus driver was identified as Karen Majors, 39. MTA spokesman Anthony Brown said his agency is reviewing her driving record and will administer a drug test, as required by state law. Police are investigating the accident.

Majors could not be reached to comment.

"Right now, we have unanswered questions," Brown said, referring to the bus driver leaving the scene. Police said they found Majors at her home hours after the accident, and she told investigators she did not know she had hit anybody.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said the bus driver dropped off passengers, including Deandre and her mother, at Hilton Street and Springdale Avenue, in the Lake Ashburton neighborhood.

Police said the mother held the child's hand as they walked away from the bus shortly after midnight, but Deandre "turned around and ran toward the rear of the bus" and fell under the right wheel.

"Then the bus pulled off," Cook-Hayes said. "The mother was yelling for help."

Two witnesses drove Deandre and her mother, whose name was not available, to the hospital, where the child was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Police said they want to interview anyone who was on the bus. They can be reached at the traffic division at 410-396-2606.

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