Pensioner died after being run over by bus that was taking her home from Christmas party (From This Is Lancashire)
Pensioner died after being run over by bus that was taking her home from Christmas party
A PENSIONER who was returning from a Christmas party died after being hit by the bus taking her home from the event.
Margaret Costello died in hospital after suffering multiple injuries following the accident in Harwood at 5pm on Tuesday, December 11, last year.
The 77-year-old widow had been to an event organised by the JIGSAW stroke group and was returning to her Longsight home on the Ring and Ride Service bus with other club members.
But an inquest into Mrs Costello’s death heard that after declining an offer from bus driver Stephen Price to walk her to the front door, Mrs Costello walked in front of the bus and was unseen by Mr Price, who started to drive off.
When he heard a bump, Mr Price stopped the bus and saw Mrs Costello on the ground, Bolton Coroner’s Court was told.
Passers-by, including an off-duty police officer, rushed to her aid but she died despite their attempts to help her at the scene.
Fellow bus passengers said Mrs Costello had seemed confused about what she owed as payment for the Ring and Ride Service on that evening and Mr Price said there had been confusion over where she lived.
He believed he had dropped her in a location where she would not need to cross the road.
“She said she lived next door to the pie shop, so I dropped her near to there,” said Mr Price.
But it turned out that Mrs Costello — who was 5ft 2in tall and walked with a slight stoop — lived across the unadopted road and walked in front of the bus to get to her home.
By the time Mr Price had helped Mrs Costello from the bus and got himself back into the driving position he said he could not see her anywhere in the vicinity. He told the court he had not driven for a living since the incident.
Bus passenger Ronald Edge said he had seen the top of Mrs Costello’s head in front of the bus, but had been unable to see her face.
Recording a verdict that Mrs Costello died as a result of a road accident, assistant coroner Kevin McLoughlin said he was heartened by the number of people who had rushed to her aid, including witness Katie Pea,t who rang for the emergency services and comforted Mrs Costello at the scene.
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