LAUREL, Md. (WJLA) - A day after the death of a 47-year-old Metrobus driver on the job, family and friends gathered Tuesday in Maryland to grieve her loss.
Thomasine Maria Smith died Monday in Silver Spring when her bus began to roll forward after she had gotten off for a break. The bus pinned her against a wall.
She apparently tried to reach into the bus to apply a brake, but it happened too quickly for the bus to stop.
Smith had been a Metrobus driver for six years and had followed her mothers footsteps into the transit business, and those closest to her remember her as a hard and dedicated worker.
"I picture my sister doing whatever she could," Thomasine's sister, Denise McCoy, said. "The bus is rolling...'I gotta do something to stop it'...that was her."
Her co-workers from Metro and at her former job at the U.S. Postal Service says she was loved by all.
"She was a very energetic person. Everybody liked her," bus driver Caesar Rorie said. "When she hit the place, you knew she was there.
"It's just a tremendous loss for us all."
For her family, the shock is as fresh as it was when they first learned of the accident.
"All I could do was just pray and ask God to strengthen my family, because that was my baby sister," McCoy said.