A Moncton bus driver has pleaded not guilty to a charge in connection with a fatal pedestrian collision that happened in January.

Gary Pellerin, 59, was charged last month with driving without due care and attention, which is a Motor Vehicle Act infraction.

Pellerin's lawyer entered the not guilty plea in court on Thursday morning.

Aurore LeBlanc, 46, a Correctional Services of Canada employee, was struck and killed while she was crossing the street at the corner of Main and King Street on Jan. 20.

LeBlanc was trapped under the bus and rescuers had to use a crane to lift the bus.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pellerin had a strong show of support in court, including a number of Codiac Transpo employees.

The matter will go to trial in December.