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FATAL BUS ACCIDENT

PIO Number: 02-9-4

FATAL BUS ACCIDENT

BSO Case Number: BS02-09-0949

Victim(s): Karen Rafler, 29, 6/28/73, 540 NW 4 Ave., Ft. Lauderdale (DECEASED)

Suspect(s): none

Description of Incident:

A fatal early morning Broward County Mass Transit bus accident is under investigation by the Broward Sheriff's Office Traffic Homicide Unit.

The deadly incident occurred at about 6 a.m. near the bus terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale. A mass transit bus was traveling northbound, exiting the terminal property. The victim, Karen Rafler, 29, tried to catch the bus as it pulled away, running beside the vehicle. As the bus made a right turn to head east on NW 2nd Street Rafler fell under the bus and was run over by the right rear wheels. She was transported to Broward General Medical Center where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The bus was driven by 44-year-old Ivan Pelaez.

No traffic citations were issued and no charges have been filed. The investigation by the BSO Traffic Homicide Unit is continuing.

INVESTIGATORS: THIS REPORT BY:
Dets. L. Akers & M. Gorman, THI Jim Leljedal / PIO
9/3/02 1:15 pm

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