A 77-year-old woman has died after she was struck by an SUV at a Wheaton bus stop Thursday.
Police identified the woman who died as Maria Lusminia Colindres, 77, of Silver Spring.
The accident happened at Veirs Mill Road and Ferrara Avenue in Montgomery County around 4:30 p.m.
The driver attempted a U-turn and for some reason the car took off in a complete circle crossing six travel lanes and hopping two curbs. Colindres, waiting for a bu,s had no chance.
The terrible bad chance of this tragedy is almost incomprehensible that green paint left by police marks the path of the explorer. It went straight into the bus shelter and over the passenger bench without even hitting the sides.
Even the crew repairing the bus stop today found it unsettling.
“The only thing I can think about is the poor lady that lost her life,” says John Paez. “It’s terrible tragedy.”
Colindres lived just blocks away. Her grieving family says she was a mother and a grandmother. Neighbors noticed her routine.
“She was nice yeah she walk every day trying to catch the bus,” says Jose Arase.
Since 2010, five pedestrians have been struck at this intersection including a 4-year-old who was also waiting for a bus when a car jumped the curb at this same shelter. None of those incidents was fatal.