11/17/2008A $2.3 million settlement has been agreed upon by Metro for a suit filed by a man whose wife died from the personal injuries she sustained after being struck by a Metrobus in Washington D.C. last year.
Gregory Schoenborn said he wanted the agency to be held accountable for the accident that took the life of his wife, 59-year-old Martha Schoenborn, and her friend, 54-year-old Sally McGhee, on February 14, 2007. A bus struck the two women, who were co-workers at the Federal Trade Commission, while they were in a downtown crosswalk.
In September, Victor Kolako, the driver of the bus, plead guilty to two felony counts of negligent homicide. He was sentenced to one year in prison in December.
The suit was filed by Schoenborn in U.S. District Court. Another wrongful death suit has been filed by the family of McGhee. That trial is set to begin on October 17.
Martha Schoenborn and McGhee, both Alexandria, Virginia residents, had just left their workplace and had the “walk” signal when the bus driven by Kolako hit them because he failed to look during the course of making a left turn. Three other pedestrians were killed in Metrobus accidents in 2007.
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