WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) - A 34-year-old Silver Spring woman who was hit by a Ride On bus on April 29 has died, according to Montgomery County police.
Tsehay Demeke Woldemanuel succumbed to her injuries at Suburban Hospital on the morning of May 7.
The incident happened at 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 on Randolph Road in Wheaton. Woldemanuel safely crossed the eastbound lanes and stepped into the westbound side when she was suddenly struck by an oncoming Ride On bus traveling in the curb lane.
Police are unsure if the Woldemanuel was in the crosswalk but say a factor of the crash could have been the cycle of traffic lights in the early morning.
"At that time of day the lights are flashing," said Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks, "We don't know how they're flashing; whether Randolph Road is the main road with a flashing yellow and these secondary residential roads have the flashing red. We also don't know what the pedestrian indicator was at that time of the morning."
The 59-year-old bus driver, Edward Donald Mericle who was beginning his shift, stayed on the scene. The two passengers on board were not hurt. They did not stay on the scene and police are hoping they will come forward with information that could help them in the case.
The bus was impounded for evidence. Investigators will examine the bus mechanics and look into what they describe as the "black box" that recorded speed and other data leading up to the collision.
Officials are still investigating whether the pedestrian was crossing the roadway in the crosswalk.