A King County Metro Transit driver who struck and killed an elderly woman has been placed on leave pending the outcome of post-crash alcohol and drug testing.
A 94-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a Metro bus near Northgate Mall on Thursday has been identified as Jacqueline Morrison.
Morrison died from multiple traumatic injuries to her head and body, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. Her death was ruled an accident.
The King County Metro Transit driver who struck Morrison at the Northgate Transit Center on Thursday has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of post-crash alcohol and drug testing.
The 58-year-old male driver, who has been with the transit service since 1988, was not identified by a Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer.
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Switzer said placing a driver on administrative leave is standard practice after a serious collision.
“He hadn’t had any serious collisions in the past. No safety concerns to us,” Switzer said of the driver.
“The driver was very shaken up and distraught over this collision,” he added.
Shortly after the accident, Seattle police said a department drug-recognition expert determined the driver had no obvious signs of impairment.
When firefighters arrived at the scene just after 3 p.m. Morrison was underneath the bus.
Traffic investigators are looking into whether Morrison was in a crosswalk, a department spokesman said.
Metro buses have been involved in 20 pedestrian collisions between January and October, Switzer said. He said the transit agency’s last bus-related fatality was in October 2013.