Bus Driver in Santa Barbara MTD Bus Crash Identified
SANTA BARBARA (October 18, 2019) –Police say that bus driver, Aura Mijangos, crashed into the bus stop last week killing a woman and injuring several others at Figueroa and Chapala streets.
Eve Debra Johnson, 67, of Santa Barbara, suffered fatal injuries when the bus crashed into the bus stop where she was sitting.Gloria Bravo De Ayala, 75, of Santa Barbara, was next to Johnson when the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District bus hit them.
Mijangos, 60, was heading eastbound in the bus on Oct. 9th when the vehicle swerved off West Figueroa Street and up onto the sidewalk. The bus crashed into a bus bench where it struck two pedestrians who were waiting for the bus. The crash took place about 2:20 p.m. Police say the bus driver was traveling northbound on Chapala Street and turned right onto eastbound Figueroa Street. It’s at this time that the bus kept turning and ended up on the sidewalk where it struck the pedestrians. The bus ended up completely on the sidewalk and came to rest inside a city parking lot against four vehicles.
Two people who were on the bus suffered minor injuries.
There will be a celebration of life for Johnson held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar St.
The cause of the incident remains under investigation by police. It’s unknown at this time if a mechanical problem, medical issue or driver error was to blame for the fatal crash.
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