UPDATE: Blood Drive to Honor Woman Hit By Metro Bus

UPDATED Wednesday, March 7, 2012 --- 3:55 p.m.

Press Release:

MADISON, Wis. (March 7, 2012) – On March 8, the University of Wisconsin-Madison community will have the opportunity to honor the memory of Maureen Grant, a former UW Libraries employee of 26 years. Grant tragically died after being struck by a bus while walking across University Avenue on June 22, 2011. This winter, eligible blood donors are encouraged to pay tribute to Grant by donating blood through the American Red Cross.

Blood Drive in Memory of Maureen Grant
Thursday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
UW-Madison Memorial Library, Room 116
728 State St., Madison

Grant was a longtime Red Cross blood donor, frequently donating at the UW Libraries blood drives or in her hometown of New Glarus, Wis. Colleagues remember her as a vibrant, passionate and inquisitive individual with contagious optimism. Grant’s husband, Jim, and daughter, Hillary, said she “loved working for the University of Wisconsin at Memorial Library” and they’re grateful for those who are supporting the upcoming blood drive in Maureen’s memory.

“Maureen was a talented employee and trusted friend who is sorely missed,” said Jackie Crinion, a former colleague of Maureen’s within Memorial Library’s Acquisitions Department. “We hope others will join us in celebrating her life and longstanding contributions to the university by giving the gift of life to patients in need.”

Nationwide, an average of 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. The blood supply is particularly vulnerable to periodic shortages during the winter months due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood while helping patients in need and honoring the memory of Maureen Grant.

How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross:
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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UPDATED Wednesday, February 8, 2012 ---- 4:35 p.m.
By: Barclay Pollak

Today at their east side office, transit officials released video from the bus that struck and killed Maureen Grant in June of last year.

In one of the clips, you can see Grant standing on the southwest corner of Lake Street and University Avenue waiting to cross as the bus and driver Debra Foster approach the intersection. The video ends just moments before the accident.

Chuck Kamp, Metro's General Manager, says Foster almost did everything right. But, she failed to adjust her body so she could properly check one of her blind spots.

Kamp says, " She's moving her head and the rock and roll maneuver is not evident in the video. "

Many of the city's buses have mirrors that are mounted near the bottom of the drivers side window. Immediately following the accident drivers told transit officials they need to change the position of those mirrors on more than 140 buses.

Kamp hopes the change over will be complete before the year's end. Total the switch will cost about $70,000 or $500 per bus.

As for Foster she is on unpaid layoff status. But Kamp says there is a chance she could go back to work in the future.

" If she's able to return to work and gets through the retraining we're confident that she can return to do her duties safely. "

Metro only has one person working on the retro fit. They say it takes about three hours to change the mirror on each bus.

Metro also says they're not stopping with the retro fit. Kamp says they are always looking for ways to improve driver safety.

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UPDATED Wednesday, February 8, 2012 --- 11:56 a.m.

Madison Metro held a press conference this morning about June 22nd's deadly crash.

Metro says the bus driver didn't follow procedure when making the turn. They say she didn't properly check her blind spot.

The driver is not working at Metro right now. But, there is a chance she could one day return.

Today, Metro also discussed changes they will be making to certain buses to help prevent similar situations.

NBC15's Barclay Pollak was at this morning's press conference. You can watch his reports tonight on NBC15 News at 4, 5 and 6.

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UPDATED Wednesday, February 8, 2012 --- 7:20 a.m.

This morning Madison Metro will release new information about a deadly incident last year.

On June 22, 2011, Maureen Grant was crossing the street at University & Lake Street when a Metro bus struck and killed her.

The Dane County DA's office reviewed the incident; no criminal charges were filed in the case.

However, the bus driver, Debra Foster, was cited by the police department for failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk.

Madison Metro did conduct its own internal investigation. Those findings will be released at 11:00 a.m. Metro will release materials used in the investigation and the course of action taken since the incident.

Stay with NBC15.com for continuing coverage on today's announcement.

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UPDATED Monday, September 19, 2011 --- 11:40 a.m.

From the Dane County District Attorney's Office:

The Dane County District Attorney's Office has been reviewing the bus-pedestrian crash that occurred on June 22, 2011, at the intersection of University Avenue and North Lake Street in Madison.

This crash resulted in the death of Maureen Grant.

After reviewing all available materials, including reports from the City of Madison Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol's Technical Reconstruction Unit, reports from the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, and photos and video, the DA’s Office has determined that there will be no criminal charges filed against the bus driver, Debra Foster, for her role in this crash.

No intoxicating substances were found in Ms. Foster's blood. In addition, the Wisconsin State Patrol's Technical Reconstruction Unit experts found that the bus itself created a significant blind spot, which prevented Ms. Foster from seeing Ms. Grant until Ms. Grant was directly next to the bus. Ms. Foster has been cited by the Madison Police Department for Failure to Yield to Pedestrian in Crosswalk.

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Madison Metro issued this statement:

Metro has just received information today from the Dane County District Attorney’s office regarding the final findings of the bus accident in June.

Metro’s internal investigation into the accident is still ongoing. This finding from the DA’s office will be factored into staff’s final determination.

Regarding the blind spot referred to in the DA’s office release, all Metro vehicles are required to meet the Federal Motor Carrier Act Standards. All mirrors on all Metro buses meet these requirements and are standard in the transit industry.

Left and right blind spots are common in all large vehicles, and Metro drivers are trained to handle these blind spots.

Metro plans to announce its own findings and conclusions to this accident when its investigation is complete.

Staff will not be making any further comment until that time.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 30, 2011 --- 4:44 p.m.

From Metro Transit:

Metro Transit staff are still reviewing information related to the bus accident on June 22.

Metro will not be commenting further until its investigation is complete. Staff expect that this will be sometime next week.

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UPDATED: Thursday, June 30, 2011 --- 4:10p.m.

Release from Madison Police Department:

As a result of this investigation, the Madison Metro bus driver, Debra L. Foster, age 52, Madison, has been issued a traffic citation: Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian.

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UPDATED Friday, June 24, 2011 --- 8:40 a.m.

The following was published on at http://www.news.wisc.edu/:

Maureen Grant, a valued, veteran employee of UW Libraries, is being remembered as a talented colleague and conversationalist.

Grant was identified Thursday afternoon as the victim of Wednesday’s fatal University Avenue accident involving a Madison Metro bus.

According to Madison Police, the incident occurred at about 8:54 a.m. Wednesday, when a Grant was walking across University Avenue. She was in the crosswalk with a walk light when she was apparently hit by a bus turning westbound onto University Avenue from Lake Street.

On Thursday, friends created a makeshift memorial to Grant at the intersection, placing flower bouquets on the northwest corner.

“She was a great conversationalist and storyteller,” said Richard Reeb, associate director for the library's Central Technical Services in an interview with the Wisconsin State Journal. “She had a wealth of knowledge to share, and I mean that very positively."

Grant was a staff member in the acquisitions department at Memorial Library, carrying the title of senior information processing Consultant.

She had worked at the university since January 1984, serving in many different parts of the library system including College Library and Circulation, as well as different roles in technical services.

Reeb said Grant was adept at getting reports on subscriptions and payment information.

“She was an extremely good problem-solver when it came to her area of concentration," Reeb said. “It was not easy sometimes to unravel the snarled problems she inherited.”

Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus is handling Grant's funeral arrangements and information about services is pending.

Reeb said Thursday that her death was an extreme shock and many in Memorial Library were still coming to terms with the news.

Staff from the Employee Assistance Program and University Health Services have been responding to Grant’s death since Wednesday afternoon.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 23, 2011 --- 6:00 p.m.
By: Barclay Pollak
@twitter barclaypollak

Colleagues are remembering 58-year-old Maureen Grant just a day after she was hit by a bus and killed while crossing the street in downtown Madison.

" I felt terrible. I bent over. I was in total shock. "

Richard Reeb says a member of his staff told him the news about Grant's death on Wednesday.

Today, the shock continues to spread.

" I think it's very, very difficult for a lot of our staff to deal with this tragedy. "

Grant has worked in the library's Acquisitions Department since 1992.

"She was colorful, she was talkative, she was a great conversationalist. She had a lot to give and she gave more than anyone expected. "

Earlier today the family released a statement:

"The family of Maureen Grant is thankful for your interest in their well being, and the heartfelt expressions of sympathy. They ask for your understanding in respecting their need for privacy."

Back at the library, Reeb says they lost one of their best and brightest. It will be impossible to replace her.

" Maureen was a wealth of knowledge in her area and there's no one on this staff right now who can take over immediately the work that she did. "

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 23, 2011 --- 4:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The woman struck and killed by a Metro Transit bus on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus was a longtime university library employee.

The Dane County medical examiner's office identifies the victim as 58-year-old Maureen Grant of New Glarus.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Grant was walking to work at Memorial Library on Wednesday morning when police say she was struck by the bus turning left. Grant was in the crosswalk and had a walk signal.

The City of Madison says the bus was driven by a woman who is a two-year employee of Metro Transit.

Grant's family has released a statement thanking people for their sympathy while also asking for privacy.

The Madison Police Department, the State Patrol and Metro Transit are investigating.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 23, 2011 --- 3:10 p.m.

Information from Metro Transit:

The name of the Metro driver involved in the accident on June 22 is Debra Foster. She started her employment at Metro Transit on April 20, 2009.

Due to an ongoing investigation, no further information will be provided at this time.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 23, 2011 --- 2:02 p.m.

From the Madison Police Department:

The following is a statement from Maureen Grant’s family:

“The family of Maureen Grant is thankful for your interest in their well being, and the heartfelt expressions of sympathy. They ask for your understanding in respecting their need for privacy. They have full confidence that the Madison Police Department and other agencies involved will do everything appropriate when investigating the circumstances of Maureen's death. They do not wish to make any further public comment at this time. “

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UPDATED Thursday, June 23, 2011 --- 1:18 p.m.

Press Release from the Dane Co. Medical Examiner's Office:

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office is releasing the name of the pedestrian involved in the crash on University Avenue at Lake Street in the City of Madison, on 06-22-11. This crash involved a pedestrian and a Madison Metro Bus. The decedent is identified as

Maureen E. GRANT
58
New Glarus, WI

A complete forensic autopsy was conducted today (06-23-11). The preliminary results of the autopsy confirm that Ms. Grant’s death is the result of the injuries she sustained when the bus struck her.

This death is under investigation by the City of Madison Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 22, 2011 --- 3:03 p.m.

A Madison Metro spokesperson tells NBC 15: "It's a very sad day at Metro, our hearts go out to all family and friends impacted by this--it's very sad."

Today Metro supervisors were on the scene investigating. They will look at surveillance video from the bus as part of the investigation.

As part of standard procedure, and according to Federal requirements, the driver has been tested for any drug or alcohol use. The bus will be impounded so it can be examined by the State Patrol, who will determine whether there were any mechanical problems with the bus. The driver is being interviewed by the police as part of the investigation.

This was a Route 15 bus 'extra'--which means another bus on the route was at capacity, so this second bus was sent. The driver was finished with the route, and was heading back to the bus garage at the time of the accident.

Madison Metro is releasing no information about the driver at this time.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 22, 2011 ---1:53 p.m.

Statement of Mayor Paul Soglin on the Fatal Bus Accident in Madison
on Wednesday, June 22, 2011:

This morning’s bus accident was tragic. My thoughts are with the victim and her family. The city of Madison will cooperate with a complete investigation that is already underway.

My thoughts are also with the bus driver and the entire Metro Transit Team. Madison Metro drivers have an exemplary safety record.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 22, 2011 --- 1:35 p.m.

Release from the Dane Co. Medical Examiner's Office:

The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating a pedestrian death on University Avenue at Lake Street in the City of Madison. This crash occurred at approximately 9:00 this morning (06-22-11). This crash involved a pedestrian and a Madison Metro Bus. This death is under investigation by the City of Madison Police Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A complete forensic examination is scheduled for 06-23-11.

Identification of the deceased is pending notification of the decedent’s family. There will be no further information released by the Medical Examiner’s Office at this time.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 22, 2011 --- 1:07 p.m.

Update from the Madison Fire Department:

Shortly before 9:00 am this morning, City of Madison Fire Crews were called to University Avenue and Lake Street for a pin response.

When crews arrived, they found a female pinned under a Madison Metro bus. Engine 1 crew used cribbing to stabilize the bus, while Ladder 1 crew used the Jaws of Life to lift the bus off the patient.

The Medic unit from Station #1 along with the assistance of firefighters from Engine 1 and Engine 4 transported the patient to UW Hospital.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 22, 2011 --- 9:50 a.m.

Update from the Madison Police Department:

The Madison Police Department is currently on the scene of a bus versus pedestrian accident, and this is creating traffic problems in the University Avenue and Lake Street area.

At 8:54 a.m., a woman was walking northbound on University Avenue. She was in the crosswalk, and she had a walk light , when she was struck by a Madison Metro bus which was turning left onto University Avenue from Lake Street.

The woman has been transported to a hospital.

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Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2011 --- 9:20 a.m.

Happening Right Now: Emergency crews on the scene of an accident involving a Metro bus and a pedestrian/or biker.

The accident scene is at University and Lake Street in Madison.

More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.


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