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2 Pedestrians Are Killed, 1 Injured by MTA Buses

September 01, 2002|From a Times Staff Writer

MTA buses struck and killed two pedestrians and injured a third Saturday in two separate incidents in West Los Angeles and Pacoima.

Hannah Maizes, 67, of Century City was killed and an unidentified 62-year-old woman from San Francisco was critically injured when they were struck by a Metropolitan Authority bus at 2:15 p.m.

The Line 28 bus, which runs between downtown and West Los Angeles, was southbound on Century Park West and turning left onto Little Santa Monica Boulevard when it hit the women, Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis said. Police said witnesses told officers that the women were in the crosswalk. An MTA spokesman said that crosswalk does not have a traffic signal.

The bus driver, a 45-year-old woman, was not arrested.

"Right now, we're treating it as an accident," Los Angeles Police Sgt. Robert Topete said.

The injured pedestrian was taken to UCLA Medical Center.

The second incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. at Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Chatsworth Drive. The MTA bus was traveling about 15 mph south on Laurel Canyon when a pedestrian suddenly jumped off the curb and ran in front of the bus, LAPD Officer Dave Chong said. The man, who was pinned under the bus, was taken to Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he was pronounced dead.

"It may be a suicide, but we're not sure," said MTA spokesman Rick Jager.

LAPD detectives were investigating both incidents. Authorities planned to test both drivers for drugs and alcohol.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday September 05, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 13 inches; 472 words Type of Material: Correction
Pedestrian killed--A California section story Sunday about separate MTA bus accidents contained three errors. Hannah Maizes of Century City, who was killed, was 66. The crosswalk that she and another woman were in when struck does have a traffic signal; and the bus was westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard before it turned left onto southbound Century Park West.

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