A Santa Fe Trails bus driver was cited after the bus he was driving struck a 75-year-old man Tuesday morning near the intersection of Cerrillos Road at Don Diego Avenue.
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Santa Fe police released the video from a camera mounted on the
right front exterior of the bus. It shows the man getting clipped by the
side of the bus and nearly falling under the vehicle.
Sgt. Andrea Dobyns said the man suffered minor injuries and got back
on his feet after the incident. He was eventually taken to Christus St.
Vincent Regional Medical Center and treated for the minor scrapes,
according to Dobyns.
Police say the man was attempting to cross Cerrillos Road at about 8
a.m. Tuesday when the driver of the bus attempted to turn right onto
Cerrillos Road from Don Diego Avenue on a red light.
"The pedestrian said he waited for the walk signal before he started to cross the street," Dobyns said.
The driver of the bus, James Duran, was cited for failing to exercise due caution.
The video shows the bus turning right as a passenger, who noticed
the pedestrian, starts yelling, "Whoa." The bus stops after hitting the
pedestrian, and Duran gets out of the bus to check on him.
Duran does not have a history of traffic violations or crimes,
according to Dobyns, and she said there is no reason to suspect drugs or
alcohol were involved.
But "if there is an injury, as there was with the collision with the
pedestrian, we do have mandatory post-accident drug and alcohol
testing," said Santa Fe Transit Director Jon Bulthuis.
Following the urine and blood tests, Bulthuis said, the city
conducts an internal investigation into the crash before allowing the
driver back into service.
Bulthuis said in his six years as transit director, he can only
recall two incidents involving pedestrian accidents and city buses.
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