- The Washington Times - Friday, June 9, 2006

A Metro bus struck and killed a Northwest woman who was crossing Wisconsin Avenue late Thursday near the Friendship Heights stop.

Emily S. Fenichel, 64, died at 11:50 p.m., less than an hour after she was hit by the bus, which was turning from Jenifer Street onto Wisconsin Avenue.

Emergency personnel had to remove Mrs. Fenichel from underneath the bus. She was taken to the Washington Hospital Center’s MedStar Unit, where she was pronounced dead.

The bus driver, Michelle Ferguson, 36, was placed on paid leave pending an investigation, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said.

The Metropolitan Police Department is conducting an investigation to determine whether charges are warranted, said Lt. John Kutniewski of the major crash investigations unit.

“She was crossing in the crosswalk, and the bus hit her. There doesn’t seem to be any criminal intent on the part of the bus driver,” Lt. Kutniewski said.

The bus, which was empty, was not in service when the accident occurred, Mr. Taubenkibel said.

Miss Ferguson, a Metro bus driver since September 2002, was on her way to start the route between Glover Park and Dupont Circle.

Mr. Taubenkibel said Miss Ferguson would be tested for alcohol and drugs, which he described as standard procedure.

“That will take several days to get those results,” he said.

Mrs. Fenichel lived in the 3900 block of Ingomar Street Northwest.

Her death was the ninth pedestrian fatality in the District this year. Metro officials said it was the fourth death involving a Metro bus in the past 18 months.

Mrs. Fenichel was married to Robert Fenichel, a lecturer for the Georgetown University Medical School. She devoted her time to improving the healthy development of infants and children through the District-based nonprofit group Zero to Three.

She spent 27 years at the organization. Most recently, she was the editor of the Zero to Three Press, an organizational publication.

“She provided an intellectual energy and passion for early childhood development that really fueled a lot of our work,” said Matthew Melmed, executive director of Zero to Three. “She had a tremendous intellectual curiosity, a passion for babies, an amazing well of energy, and she had a friendly sense of humor.”

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