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School bus that struck and killed elderly Holocaust survivor had green light

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Elia Miranski Elia Miranski
SILVER SPRING, Md. -

Montgomery County police have released preliminary findings in the investigation of a 91-year-old man killed in a school bus accident Wednesday on Route 29 at Tech Road in Silver Spring.

They say the bus contracted by Howard County Public Schools for a field trip had the green light when it hit Elia Miranski.

The probe is ongoing.

Meanwhile, Gail Schwartz is a volunteer with the U.S. Holocaust Museum, who interviewed Miranski last May to record an oral history of his experiences during the Holocaust. She says she was devastated to learn how he died.

Schwartz says Miranski showed his fierce independence even as a young person, who was able to escape from the Nazis. She says after the Germans invaded his home town of Mir, Poland in 1939, a ghetto was formed in a castle. She says Miranski was able to jump out of a window and get away.

Miranski lost his parents and four siblings to the Nazis. He and one brother managed to escape.

Meanwhile, AAA Mid-Atlantic says deaths like Miranski's happen because walk signals are not timed properly for older pedestrians to cross in time.

A study of six U.S. communities, including Montgomery County, in 2007 found many times traffic signals don't allow enough time for pedestrians over the age of 65 to cross because they walk much slower than younger pedestrians. Their study found older pedestrians walk a half foot per second slower than younger pedestrians.


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