Elia Miranski fatally struck by school bus

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(WJLA) - An elderly man who was a Holocaust survivor was struck by a Howard County school bus Wednesday has died, police say. The accident happened around 2:20 p.m. at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Tech Road in Silver Spring.

Police say Elia Miranski, 91, was crossing Columbia Pike in the crosswalk while using a walker. He had safely crossed the southbound lanes and was continuing across the northbound lanes when he was struck by the school bus.

According to Howard County school officials, the bus was carrying 14 students from Hammond Middle School at the time. There were no injuries. The driver of the school bus is identified as Lori Jean Latimer, 52.

Late into the evening, the Montgomery County Collision Reconstruction team worked to piece together the crash.

Police say Miranski had safely managed to get across five lanes of traffic.

"As he was in the middle of the road, he paused and began to cross the northbound lanes and he was struck by a school bus in the middle lane," explained Captain Paul Starks with Montgomery County Police.

Workers nearby said that the intersection at 29th and Tech Road is already a dangerous one.

"People are getting hit...accidents here at least monthly," said nearby worker Trish Baker.

According to his family, Miranski was born in Poland in 1922 and lost all of his family during World War II. Zila, his wife of 60 year, passed away three years ago.