Friday, May 5, 2017

A 13-year old girl riding her bike at a Redondo Beach intersection was struck and killed by a bus operated not by Metro, but a contractor, MV Transportation

Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County
A girl riding her bike at a Redondo Beach intersection was fatally struck by a bus on Friday.

According to an MTA spokesperson, the young victim was believed to have run into the side of the bus when it was going through the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue shortly before 6 p.m.

It was not immediately clear how young the victim was. Officials said she had been riding bikes with a friend, who was not injured.

The vehicle is not an MTA bus and is operated by a contract company, according to the spokesperson.

DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available.


13-year-old girl struck and killed by MTA bus in Redondo Beach

By Larry Altman, Daily Breeze

Posted: 05/05/17, 6:26 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

A 13-year-old girl on a bicycle was struck by an MTA bus and killed tonight in Redondo Beach.

The crash occurred about 5:40 p.m. on Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue, Redondo Beach police Lt. Shawn Freeman said.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness said he saw the girl riding her bike and she somehow swerved in front of the bus.

Redondo Beach police have closed PCH at Knob Hill Avenue, Topaz Street and Avenue A, and Knob Hill Avenue at Elvira and Gertruda avenues.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Metro spokesman Rick Jager said the bus, traveling the 232 route — which goes from Long Beach to LAX — was operated not by Metro, but a contractor, MV Transportation.

Jager said initial reports were the girl rode her bike into the side of the bus.

In February 2015, a LADOT bus operated by MV Transportation struck an elderly Torrance couple, Allen and Lynn Shall, while they were crossing Avenue I just east of Catalina Avenue in the Riviera Village. Allen was killed and Lynn was severely injured.

MV Transportation, LADOT and the bus driver, Mitchell Curtis Floyd, were named in a wrongful death lawsuit Lynn Shall filed in December 2015 that was later settled. Floyd later pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.