Holocaust Survivor Struck, Killed By School Bus in Silver Spring

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Updated: 12:58 p.m. Feb. 27, 2014
Posted: 5:02 p.m. Feb. 26, 2014

SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — An elderly man trying to cross the street was struck and killed by a school bus in Silver Spring, police say.

Montgomery County Police officers say 91-year-old Elia Miranski of Silver Spring was walking in the crosswalk across Columbia Pike at Tech Road at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday when he was struck by a school bus. Miranski suffered fatal injuries from the accident, police say.

Authorities say Miranski had safely crossed the southbound lanes of Columbia Pike and was attempting to cross the northbound lanes when he was struck. Montgomery County Police believe the first two lanes of northbound traffic crossed by Miranski were stopped on a red, left-turn arrow. However, the bus was traveling on a green signal it struck the man.

Miranski had escaped from German soldiers during the Holocaust, the Washington Post reports. He later fought in World War II as a member of the Soviet military.

Last May, Miranski gave the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum an oral account of his escape and the recording is available on the museum’s website.

The school bus, driven by 52-year-old Lori Jean Latimer of Elkridge, was contracted by Howard County Public Schools and was returning from a field trip.

Officer say about a dozen children were on the bus, but none were hurt.

The accident remains under investigation.

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