City boy, 12, dies after bus accidentally runs him over

Youth fell under wheels as the vehicle pulled away

October 15, 2004|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A 12-year-old boy died yesterday after he was run over in Northeast Baltimore by a Maryland Transit Administration bus in an accident on his way home from the city's Winston Middle School, authorities said.

The boy, identified by police as Leonard Conway of the 1500 block of Wadsworth Way, had gotten off the No. 36 bus at a stop in the 1600 block of E. Belvedere Ave. about 3 p.m. and walked along the pavement to the rear of the vehicle, said Richard Scher, an MTA spokesman.

Scher said the boy then jumped up and grabbed onto the frame of an open rear window to talk to a girl. When the bus moved forward, the boy lost his grip, fell into the street near the curb and was run over by the vehicle's rear tandem wheels, the spokesman said.

Several children on the bus yelled to the driver about what had happened, and she stopped a short distance from the scene and radioed her dispatcher.

The child, who suffered upper body injuries, was taken by ambulance to nearby Good Samaritan Hospital and pronounced dead there shortly before 3:30 p.m., said Officer James Fowler of the city police accident investigation unit.

Scher said the driver, a 20-year employee of MTA, was placed on leave and would undergo alcohol and drug testing, a routine procedure.

Scher said the MTA routinely conducts bus-safety classes, informing students how to behave on buses and not to stand near the bus or hold onto it when it departs.

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