No charges for C-Tran driver in deadly crash


by Staff and Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 5:17 PM

VANCOUVER -- The complex investigation into a C-Tran bus crash that killed an 11-year-old boy in April of last year is complete and the driver will not be charged.

Benjamin Fulwiler was riding his bicycle when he collided with the front of a C-TRAN bus near the intersection of 27th Street and Main Street, in Vancouver. The boy was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.

A report released by the Clark County Prosecuting Office Thursday said bus driver Deborah Knox "appeared to be driving in a normal fashion when the collision occurred, and the bus was traveling along its normal route."

Knox, 59, was driving southbound on Main Street and had stopped for oncoming traffic. She was turning left onto E 27th Street when the bicycle hit the side of the bus, according to investigators.

Surveillance video from inside the bus showed what appeared to be the boy's bicycle's front wheel coming into contact with the driver's side of the bus. 

Senior prosecuting attorney Kasey Vu explained that police questioned several witnesses and also reviewed the surveillance video during the course of the investigation.

"There was no evidence that the collision between Fulwiler and the bus was intentional," he said, and no criminal charges would be filed.

Fulwiler was a sixth-grader at Pacific Middle School. His after-school teacher said he was a wonderful boy and mature beyond his years.

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