- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 24, 2007

A Metrobus struck and injured a 3-year-old girl in a stroller last night.

The accident happened at about 5:15 p.m. at Half and O streets Southwest.

“She was unconscious after it happened, but by the time medics arrived she had regained consciousness,” said Alan Etter, a fire department spokesman.

The girl, whose name was not released, was transported to an area hospital. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The girl’s mother told authorities the stroller had been hit by the back of a bus as it turned a corner at the intersection, knocking the child to the ground, said Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato.

The bus driver didn’t appear to have realized what had happened and continued on, Miss Asato said. The mother then boarded another Metrobus and reported the incident.

The first bus was stopped in the city a few minutes later, and the driver was questioned by police.

Last night’s incident occurred one week after Angel C. Walters, 21, was hit and killed by a bus on Congress Street in Southeast. Miss Walters’ funeral was held yesterday.

Miss Walters was one of three pedestrian fatalities involving Metrobuses this month. Two women were hit and killed on Valentine’s Day at the intersection of Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. The bus driver in that incident was charged with negligent homicide.

The spate of bus-related deaths prompted Metro’s new general manager, John B. Catoe Jr., to order mandatory safety training for all drivers.

—Tarron Lively

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