Bus driver trial in fatal pedestrian collision underway
Gary Pellerin is charged with driving without due care and attention in death of Aurore LeBlanc
The coworker of a Moncton woman who was struck and killed by a Codiac Transpo bus last year testified Monday at the trial of the driver.
Gary Pellerin, 59, is charged with driving without due care and attention in connection with the death of Aurore LeBlanc, 46.
LeBlanc was struck and killed while she was crossing the street at the corner of Main and King streets on Jan. 20, 2012.
Pellerin previously pleaded not guilty to the charge, which is a Motor Vehicle Act infraction.
Melanie Bourgeois told the court she and LeBlanc were out for a walk that day and were on their way back to their office at Correctional Services Canada.
Bourgeois said she pushed the walk light at the intersection and waited for it to change. She said traffic had stopped, but midway across the street she saw the bus coming toward them.
Bourgeois said she thought the bus would stop and she tried to make eye contact with the driver but he wasn't looking at her. She said she pushed herself off the bus to avoid being hit, but LeBlanc disappeared under the bus.
LeBlanc was trapped under the bus and rescuers had to use a crane to lift it.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Speed not a factor
RCMP reconstructionist Const. Jay Doiron told the court he examined the scene, but could not determine where in the intersection LeBlanc was struck.
He was also unable to determine whether it was the front or the side of the bus that struck her.
Doiron did say that speed was not a factor.
The officer also said the bus driver did have a green light, but motorists turning left at that intersection have to be careful because the pedestrian light can be activated at the same time.
The Crown wrapped up its case on Monday, calling a total of five witnesses.
The trial is expected to resume on Thursday when the defence will present its case.
A total of three days have been set aside.