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Bus driver charged in fatal pedestrian crash that killed Alaska mayor, her mother

Gerard James faces involuntary manslaughter in the death of Monica Adams and her mother who were in the crosswalk at the time of the incident.
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Alaska Mayor Monica Carlson, 61, and her mother, Cora Adams, 85, were fatally struck while in a crosswalk.

A 45-year-old Baltimore man has been arrested and charged in a double fatal pedestrian accident that killed a mayor from Alaska and her mother, police said.

Two women were struck while crossing the street in the intersection of 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest on Dec. 19.

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Investigators said at 9:39 p.m. a 2013 Provost H3 passenger bus was traveling northbound on 7th Street Northwest when the driver made a left hand turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and struck both women in the crosswalk.

The pedestrians, identified as Monica Adams Carlson, 61, of Skagway, AK, and her 85 year-old mother, Cora Louise Adams, of Elbe, WA, were taken a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. Both women died.

Gerard Derrick James was arrested Thursday and charged with involuntary manslaughter, police said.