A C-Tran bus driver will not face criminal charges in the death of an 11-year-old bicyclist in a collision between a bike and bus April 28 in west downtown Vancouver, according to a Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office decision released today.
Deborah Knox, 59, of Vancouver has been on paid leave since the collision that killed Benjamin Fulwiler, pending a Vancouver police investigation and review by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu.
Benjamin died after Knox made a left-hand turn from southbound Main to eastbound 27th and Benjamin entered the intersection on his bicycle from a parking lot of a Dairy Queen near the intersection.
Benjamin collided with the side of the bus in the vicinity of the crosswalk and struck the bus on the driver’s side several feet behind the bus driver, according to Vu’s written decision. Benjamin then fell to the ground and was run over by the driver’s side rear-end tires as the bus completed the left turn.
The investigation showed that Knox was driving in “a normal fashion” and the bus was traveling its normal route, according to Vu’s report. Surveillance on the bus and witnesses indicated Benjamin ran into the side of the bus, rather than Knox striking him, Vu wrote.