Pedestrian killed in bus crash near State Center
A 47-year-old Baltimore man was killed Tuesday when he was struck by an intercity bus while crossing Martin Luther King Boulevard near State Center, according to Baltimore police.
Police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert said Stanley Price Jr. of the 700 block Poplar Grove St. apparently stepped off a curb into the path of a BoltBus near Eutaw Street just after 3 p.m. Silbert said Price was taken to nearby Maryland General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:26 p.m.
According to a preliminary investigation, Price was in a crosswalk but was crossing against the signal while the bus had a green light, Silbert said. He said police had tentatively ruled the fatality a case of pedestrian error.
Workers at the state government complex have raised concerns with the city about the safety of the crossing of Martin Luther King between State Center and the hospital. Georgia Crosso, a state employee at the complex, said she that even before Tuesday's crash she had circulated a petition among co-workers seeking changes in the signals at the complicated intersection.
Corso said that even before the fatal incident, she had gathered 50 signatures on the petition seeking a red light camera and other improvements in the area.
Bonnie Bastian, a spokeswoman for BoltBus, confirmed that one of her company's vehicles was involved. She said the company is conducting a full internal investigation and assisting in the police inquiry.
Bastian said the driver, who was not cited for a violation, has been with the company since 2009 and is "a respected member of our driving team."