RVA Pulse Points: Pedestrian struck dead by GRTC bus

A woman was struck and killed on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, by a GRTC Pulse bus as she was crossing West Broad Street near Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center.

According to Richmond police spokesman, James Mercante, the woman, who has not been identified, was hit at 5:01 p.m. and died at the scene.

Early reports suggest the woman was in the bus lane, and the bus had the right-of-way.


GRTC’s Director of Communications, Carrie Pace, released a statement following the fatal crash:

“The entire GRTC Family is grieved by the accident today which took the life of a pedestrian, and our deepest condolences are with the pedestrian’s family. We are focused on the well-being of our operators who drove the bus and are ensuring they receive care. Per safety protocols, the Operator will be checked at a hospital. GRTC is assisting with the police investigation.”

While this is the first fatality involving a Pulse bus on the GRTC Transit System, in January of this year, six passengers were taken to the hospital following a collision with a car on West Broad Street, a little less than a half-mile west of Tuesday’s crash site. The Pulse bus, which connects Rocketts Landing with Willow Lawn, opened in June 2018.

Says Allen & Allen Richmond attorney, Jason W. Konvicka, who specializes in bus accident cases: “We remain concerned about the design of the GRTC Pulse bus system and how it impacts other drivers and pedestrians.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the woman who was tragically killed.”

As this story develops, Allen & Allen is dedicated to serving as an informative resource for bus riders and motorists who are adjusting to the changes in traffic created by the GRTC Pulse.