Woman struck by RIPTA bus in May dies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — More than three months after she was hit by a RIPTA bus on Broad Street, a local woman has died. Bobbie Moore died Monday, according to Lifespan spokeswoman Beth Bailey.

Moore had been listed in stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital the day after the incident. She’d been trying to catch a bus May 20, as it was driving away from a Broad Street stop around 4:30 p.m. Eyewitnesses said she had been banging on the bus, trying to get the driver to let her on.

In the days following the incident, a RIPTA spokeswoman, Barbara Polichetti, said that looking at surveillance video from the bus, it appears Moore tripped as she was approaching the bus and fell.

The transit authority believes it was an accident, Polichetti said.

After the incident, the driver was put on paid leave as standard protocol; he had no major incidents on his record, RIPTA said.

Polichetti said riders should not approach, chase or try to flag down a moving bus at any time.

Moore is the third person to die after being hit by a RIPTA bus in the past year and a half. In May 2014, Federal Court security officer Frank McKnight died after he was struck on Washington Street. Then in March of this year, 9-year-old Ani Emdjian died after she was hit trying to cross Smith Street.

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