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227. The Dead Pedestrian
She was 31 years old, a seamstress and
mother of two children. Her husband is a
. On a sunny morning, Vicky was walking to
. While in the crosswalk at Wilshire and Hamilton
Koreatown, Vicky was run over by a yellow
bus. An eyewitness said that the driver was
and talking on his cell phone. The bus
empty. Instead of stopping, the driver continued driving
if nothing had happened.
“How could he just
away?” said the witness. “I ran over there
help the woman. She was quiet and still.
was a little blood under her nose. I
she was just unconscious. The paramedics arrived; they
to revive her, but then they just covered
body with a sheet. One of them said
she probably died instantly.”
Police had to notify
’s husband. He and Vicky had been in love
they were 16. His parents are dead; Vicky’s
live in her home country. He is now
his wife and his best friend. Their tenth
was only a week away. Their plans for
house and a future were now finished. After
with his own grief, he had to somehow
the terrible news to their two children.
found the bus parked a few blocks from
accident scene. The driver was gone. He had
transporting people to the annual Earth Day festival
Koreatown. About 30,000 people usually attend this event.
police spokesman said that the driver would be
with murder. “If we could charge him with ‘
a happy family,’ we’d do that, too,” the