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News Release

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Media Relations

Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Bus NR09258kr

Los Angeles:  A pedestrian crossing the street in a marked crosswalk was run over by an MTA bus late Monday afternoon.

On Monday, June 1, 2009, at around 4:20 p.m. a pedestrian crossing the street at the intersection of Rose Avenue and Pacific Avenue was hit by a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus that was travelling westbound Rose Avenue to northbound Pacific Avenue.  The driver of the bus, a 51-year-old resident of Los Angeles, was unaware of the collision and continued driving for nearly two city blocks before being alerted by a witness that the victim was still under the bus.  The bus finally came to a stop at Navy Boulevard and Main Street.

There does not appear to be any evidence of a crime and there are no charges pending at this time.  The driver of the bus was transported to a local hospital for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition.

The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Donald Barrett a resident from the Venice area.

West Traffic Division Officer John Stafford conducted the on-scene investigation and West Traffic Division, Detective Section, Officer Lee Willmon will be conducting the follow-up investigation.  The investigators may be contacted by calling 213-473-0234.  After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to and click on web tips.  When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.