Metrobus Collides With Woman in Battery-Powered Wheelchair

By Pat Collins and Matthew Stabley
|  Thursday, Jan 2, 2014  |  Updated 8:08 PM EDT
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Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a collision involving a Metrobus and a woman in an electric wheelchair Thursday morning near Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE & W Street SE. News4's Pat Collins reports.

Pat Collins

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a collision involving a Metrobus and a woman in an electric wheelchair Thursday morning near Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE & W Street SE. News4's Pat Collins reports.

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A woman in a battery-powered wheelchair is being treated at an area hospital after she collided with a Metrobus Thursday morning.

Before noon, the U2 bus was turning right from Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue on to W Street in Southeast when it collided with the woman, who was crossing W Street. It's unclear who had the right of way.

Police and D.C. Fire and EMS found 43-year-old Sherea Smith next to the bus. She was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital.

The bus is out of service, and the driver is on leave while the incident is investigated. Per routine procedure, the driver will be given a toxicology test.

No injuries on the bus were reported.

Smith, who has a 17-year-old daughter, was on her way home from a doctor's appointment. She has been paralyzed on her left side since suffering a stroke when she was 14.

Police are reviewing video from the bus and a nearby building.

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