Boy dies after collision with bus in Vancouver

Boy dies after collision with bus in Vancouver

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by Jacqueline Sit and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on April 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 1 at 9:46 AM

VANCOUVER -- On Saturday evening, people dropped off flowers at the scene of a deadly crash in Vancouver.

A bicycle remained on the roadway where 11-year-old Benjamin Fulwiler collided with a C-TRAN bus just before 2 p.m. He later died from his injuries.

Fulwiler was a sixth-grader at Pacific Middle School. His after-school teacher said he was a wonderful boy and mature beyond his years.

Bus driver Deborah Knox was driving southbound on Main Street and had stopped for oncoming traffic. The 59-year-old driver was turning left onto E 27th Street when the bicycle hit the side of the bus.

“Anytime something like this happens, it takes a toll on everyone in the agency, certainly the driver,” Scott Patterson, a C-Tran spokesperson said.

Surveillance video from inside the bus showed what appeared to be the boy's bicycle's front wheel coming into contact with the driver's side of the bus. 

“The driver was making her left-hand turn, the roadway was clear, then out of nowhere the bicycle comes into frame and makes contact with the left center of the bus,” C-TRAN spokesman Scott Patterson said while examining video of the incident.

The boy was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and a severed arm. He later died.

Lori Wilgus and her 11-year-old-son were riding their bicycles in the area after the accident happened.

“It's sad because I know how dangerous it is for bike riders and people who are walking,” Wilgus said.

The concerned mother said she's protective about her son's safety on the road.

“I'm constantly having to stop and point out to my son that you need to imagine every car doesn't see you and slow down,” Wilgus said.

Another C-TRAN bus was involved in a deadly crash less than six months ago. In December 2011, a woman was in a crosswalk when a bus making a left turn struck and killed her.

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“We all take our jobs very seriously and anytime you have an unfortunate accident like this it's hard,” Patterson said.

The bus route was modified a few months ago for various reasons. The bus driver has been with the company for five years. She was placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

Grief counselors planned to be available at  Pacific Middle School Monday morning.

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