Pedestrian dies after being struck by MTA bus

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 3:28pm
Staff reports

The elderly woman hit by a Metro Transit Authority bus Friday has died.

Nancy Farmer, 72, died Wednesday at 11:55 a.m. at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, according to a spokeswoman for the hospital. An MTA bus hit Farmer, of Seventh Avenue North, around 11 a.m. Friday as she crossed Charlotte Avenue in front of the Music City Center site.

Bus driver Bruce Hogan, 56, of Hermitage, was turning right off Fourth Avenue North onto Charlotte when the bus hit Farmer. She was in a crosswalk.

Last week Metro police said the preliminary investigation showed Hogan failed to yield to Farmer.

Police said the investigation into the crash in ongoing. Once it's completed, it will be given to the district attorney's office to determine whether charges will be filed.

An MTA spokesperson said Hogan was placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

6 Comments on this post:

By: weescot on 7/1/10 at 2:33

Unfortunately Hogan is alone in not yielding to pedestrians. in 10 years I have yet to see anybody stop when a pedestrian is entering or in a crosswalk in Nashville. The State and Police need to start educating and enforcing the law in these areas.

By: AmyLiorate on 7/1/10 at 3:27

Tragic. My heart goes out to her family.

Keep that in mind should it have been your friend or family, Metro has a convenient cap on paying for awful accidents like this.

Anyone willing to step up to the plate and vote away that cap?

By: Alphadog7 on 7/2/10 at 7:43

In Los Angeles of all places, if you so much as put your little toe on a crosswalk, traffic screeches to a stop. Why? Enforcement.

Until Nashville starts enforcing crosswalk and parking issues, we will continue to have them. Nashville residents know that the police won't do anything, so they park however they want, and drive however they want. Time to step it up, for the sake of our safety.

Enforcement!

By: KayClary on 7/2/10 at 9:47

It's a Music City miracle that there are not more incidents like this. Pedestrian safety in Nashville is a JOKE. Try walking downtown from the west side and not have a heart attack as you tackle multiple lanes of on/off interstate traffic around B'way and 11th. Same with crossing the street in front of Pancake Pantry or Jackson's? Why hasn't Hillsboro Village figured out something for pedestrian safety yet? Seems like the colleges and condo developers in Nashville would be up in arms about the safety of their people even if the city doesn't appear to care about the rest of us. Music row roundabout? It's like a game of Russian roulette. Green Hills, similarly a joke. Very sad that it's 2010 and Nashville seemingly has such lackadaisical urban planning. Obviously, accidents happen and I'm very sad for the families involved on both sides of this tragedy.

By: Ingleweird on 7/2/10 at 10:02

"...as she crossed Charlotte Avenue in front of the Music City Center site."

Charlotte Avenue does not run adjacent to the Music City Center site. It does run next to the Music City Central (MTA bus depot) site. Please correct this, whoever you are, "Staff reports." For shame, Mr. Editor! You do live here, right?

By: free thinker on 7/5/10 at 5:20

Well follks, I happen to agree that traffic violations require police attention and those laws should be enforced. The one big issue seems to be Ronal Serpas was hammered upon by the general public for making cops enforce traffic laws. It was in this same online paper, at the time Serpas returned to New Orleans, people wanted an "in-house" boy as Chief and screamed to stop "ticket writing". One thing for sure, Tennessee doesn't want change for anything; so we see what it reaps "DEATH".