- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 30, 2005

A Montgomery County woman was critically injured yesterday morning when she was hit by a Ride On bus, the second pedestrian accident in the county in two days.

Maria Alves, 47, was trying to cross Georgia Avenue near Urbana Drive “in the vicinity of the crosswalk” at 7:36 a.m. when the bus, leaving the nearby Glenmont Metro station, turned south onto Georgia and struck her, police said.

Miss Alves, of the 12600 block of Gould Road, was hit just before she reached the narrow median strip of Georgia Avenue. A lighted signal is at the crosswalk. Police are investigating which traffic lane had the right of way.

One of Miss Alves’ legs was crushed and she suffered other life-threatening injuries, said Lucille Baur, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman.

Miss Alves was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she remained in critical condition last night.

Passengers on the bus were not injured. The bus driver, Felicia Lynette Royal, 34, of College Park, was not injured but was taken to Holy Cross Hospital for evaluation.

Police and the state’s attorney’s office will determine whether charges should be filed in the case, Ms. Baur said.

Miss Alves’ accident occurred a day after a 9-year-old girl was struck by a car in Olney.

Police said Abigail Jones was riding her bicycle Tuesday morning in the 19000 block of Old Baltimore Road when she turned into the path of a vehicle driven by an 81-year-old woman. Abigail remained in critical condition yesterday but was expected to recover.

Three pedestrians have died after being struck by motor vehicles in Montgomery County this year, police said.

Miss Alves was thought to be on her way to the Metro station to catch a ride to her job, said one of her neighbors, who asked not to be identified.

“She’s a very nice lady. She’s a very careful woman,” said the neighbor, who described the Georgia Avenue intersection near the Glenmont station as “very dangerous.”

“I always go down and take the [pedestrian] tunnel [under Georgia],” the neighbor said.

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