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Jane Hwang, James Madison University Student, Killed In Bus Crash

5:28 PM, Nov 16, 2011   |    comments
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Jane Hwang (right), with a friend. (Facebook)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WUSA) - Police have identified the pedestrian killed in a fatal bus crash on the James Madison University campus.

Jane Hwang, an 18-year-old first-year student from Fairfax, Va. was walking around 10 p.m. Tuesday night when she was hit by a city of Harrisonburg bus at the intersection of Carrier Drive and Bluestone Drive, Virginia State Police say.

Egle says James Madison police and Virginia State Police are investigating the accident.

The intersection had traffic signals and crosswalk signals, say state police. The bus was making a left turn from Bluestone Drive into Carrier Drive and had a green signal when Hwang entered the crosswalk on a "do not walk" signal and was crossing Carrier Drive.

Virginia State Police said the left side of the bus struck her and she died at the scene as the result of her injuries.

No one else was injured in the crash.

According to Virginia State Police, the bus driver is a 56-year-old female of Hinton, Va. They say the main factor in the crash was determined as" inattention on the part of the pedestrian." No charges will be filed against the bus driver.

Hwang was a student at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax before going to JMU.  According to the yearbook, Hwang was a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society.   News of her death spread quickly this morning. 

Woodson High School senior Rachel Rogers was in art class when the teacher got word of her former student's death.  "She looked upset and stood up and said to the class 'Do you remember Jane from last year?' then she started crying and told us she was leaving the class.  Then she came back in the room and told us Jane was killed last night," Rogers said.  "It's so strange that someone so full of life and who created such beautiful art work is just gone.  It makes me thankful for what I have," she added.

 

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