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Bus driver on leave after fatal crash in York

Written by Gordon Rago, York Daily Record | Feb 19, 2016 9:33 AM
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The driver of a school bus is on administrative leave following a fatal crash involving a pedestrian.

(York) -- A school bus driver has been placed on administrative leave as York City Police continue to investigate the death of a 70-year-old woman who was struck by the bus, according to Shawn McGlinchey, who's with the safety department of Krapf Bus Co.

McGlinchey said it is standard procedure to place drivers on leave after a bus crash. The Red Lion Bus Company, which the woman drove for, is a division of Krapf.

"It's a very tragic event," McGlinchey said Thursday. "We're working closely with the authorities."

The crash happened around 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday near William Penn Senior High School.

Evelyn Miller was reportedly crossing the intersection of South Beaver and West Princess streets when she was hit by the bus, the York County Coroner's Office wrote on Twitter.

She was taken to York Hospital, but pronounced dead less than an hour later.

York City Police could not immediately be reached for this article.

A 'kind and generous person'

Miller was recalled as a "very kind woman" who always seemed to be looking out for others, said Matthew Carey, executive director of the York Rescue Mission.

Carey said he had limited interactions with Miller. She would frequently shop in the mission's economy store, where people donate unneeded possessions like clothing and furniture.

"I was saddened to hear about this tragic event and pray that she is in a much greater place today," Carey wrote in an email.

Miller was a member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church at 219 S. Beaver St. where she attended daily Mass. She also was a resident of one of the church's apartments, a statement from the Rev. Keith M. Carroll stated.

"Evelyn was a kind and generous person," Carroll later wrote in an email. "I know of many situations in which she came to the help of others in need."

Carroll also recalled seeing Miller at York Revolution games, but added that it's her presence at church that he will miss the most.

Clean record, counseling offered

The Red Lion Bus Company driver has a "very clean driving record" and was provided with counseling, according to a news release issued by Krapf School Bus Co.

Neither the driver or the four students on the bus were injured, police said.

Two students were en route to Logos Academy while the other two were headed to Saint Patrick Catholic School.

In a news release, Logos Academy said their students arrived to school safely on Wednesday and were immediately offered counseling and family support.

Carroll said the two Saint Patrick students were also offered counseling, and that school guidance has been checking in on the students.

"I ask that you remember in your prayers the driver of the bus, the students, and those who witnessed the accident this morning," Carroll wrote in his statement. "(Wednesday's) tragedy was a terrible accident and it is important for us at this difficult time to pray for all those involved."

Read the entire news release from Krapf Bus Co. here:

"The Red Lion Bus Company family wants to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of the woman who was killed in this accident. Safety is our extreme priority, and our drivers have extensive training to ensure they are as safe as possible on the road and with their passengers. The driver involved in this incident has a very clean driving record. She is cooperating fully with police and we will certainly be reviewing and assessing the incident, as well. We have also provided her with counseling, as she is obviously upset about this incident. School counselors have been made available for the four students who were on the bus at the time. Red Lion Bus has a 76 year history of excellent, safe driving in central Pennsylvania. Each school day we transport approximately 8,500 students over 15,000 miles to our school districts customers. We will continue to work to ensure that our buses and drivers follow the highest of safety standards."

This story is part of a content-sharing partnership with the York Daily Record.

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