Woman struck by Citilink bus dies

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A woman struck by a city bus in downtown Fort Wayne last week has died.

Police responded to Baker and Harrison streets just before 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. They say a 59-year-old pedestrian – Sherri J. Hatmaker – was struck by a Citilink bus and was taken from the scene in life-threatening condition.

She died four days later at a local hospital.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Monday that Hatmaker died of blunt force injuries and her death was ruled an accident.

Police say Hatmaker was crossing Baker Street and the bus was traveling westbound. Multiple people were on the bus at the time but no other injuries were reported.

As per Indiana state law, the driver of the bus must submit to a breathalyzer test after a crash that results in injury. Results of that test have not been released.

The Fort Wayne Police Fatal Accident Crash Team is investigating the cause of the crash.

Citilink issued the following statement after learning of Hatmaker’s death:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sherri Hatmaker. Citilink is conducting an investigation into the accident, and working in close cooperation and coordination with the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Maurice Pearl, Citilink General Manager/CEO

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