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DASH Bus Hits & Kills Woman Outside Central Library

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A few people have been asking what happened yesterday morning downtown near Central Library where a large memorial with flowers sits today. A pedestrian was hit by a DASH bus at 5th and Flower around 6:35 a.m. in the morning.

Gwendolyn Coleman, 58, sustained injuries in the crash and later died at the hospital, according to Bruce Gilman of the Department of Transportation who contracts First Transit to operate their downtown fleet. The bus was turning left onto Flower St. where the woman was struck while in the crosswalk, explained LAPD Media Relations Officer Ana Aguirre.

Asked if Coleman was crossing the street legally, Detective Josephine Mapson of Central Traffic Division said that was still unclear and the incident is still under investigation.

Damien Newton at Streetsblog LA questions if the bus ran the red light.