Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision involving a Metrobus that occurred this afternoon at the White Oak Shopping Center in Silver Spring.
On December 30 at approximately 3:34 p.m., 3rd District patrol officers responded to the White Oak Shopping Center for a personal injury collision. Upon arrival, officers discovered a woman, who was the driver of the bus, pinned between a concrete retaining wall and a 2011 Newfoundland XDE Metrobus.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the bus apparently began to move after the driver had exited the bus. The driver attempted to engage the brake by reaching through the driver’s window before being struck by the bus and pinned against the wall. There were no passengers on the bus.
The deceased is identified as Thomasine Maria Smith, age 47, of the 13000 block of Old Stage Road, in Laurel, Maryland. Ms. Smith was transported to a local trauma center where she succumbed to her injuries.
Officials from WMATA and Metro Transit Police were on the scene and are assisting detectives with the investigation. Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.