Cheryl A. Bazilus was killed in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida bus accident on Saturday, news sources report. The accident occurred when Bazilus tripped and fell in front of a charter bus. Bazilus, 68, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. So far, no charges have been filed.
According to reports, the accident occurred at the four-lane arrivals section of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at around 2:20 Saturday afternoon. The arrivals section is usually packed with traffic, and cars are not supposed to stop until they reach the airport. Bazilus was on her way to the airport to pick up her husband; an unidentified party was driving the SUV, and she was sitting in the back seat.
Reports say the Ford Escape came to a stop and parked before reaching the airport, in lanes where cars are not allowed to stop. "Why that vehicle was stopped? That's still under investigation. It would be like stopping your car in the [middle of the] highway," a police spokesperson said.
In any case, Bazilus exited the parked vehicle and stepped out into traffic. "[A]s she was getting back into the vehicle, it appears she tripped and fell under the wheels of the bus," a police spokesperson said. Bazilus was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else appears to have been injured.
Police are currently looking over the details of the accident. "It is an ongoing investigation. Whether there are charges or not is premature to say. What I can tell you is that a thorough, complete crash investigation will be done," a police spokesperson said.
Sources say the bus belongs to Cabana Coaches. It was being driven by Woodrow Minor, 61, that day and was carrying around a dozen passengers who were on their way to a cruise in Miami. Despite the accident, reports say the passengers made it to their cruise on time.
Cabana Coaches said they would release an official statement once the investigation is done, but for now, they are cooperating with detectives. "Safety is our main concern," a spokesperson for the company said. "[Minor] is doing good. Of course, he's upset. He's worried about the [Bazilus] family."
In related news from earlier this month, Jerry Cunningham of Pompano Beach sustained critical injuries in a bus accident. The accident occurred when 14-year-old Cunningham attempted to catch up with a moving bus and fell under the vehicle. An investigation is ongoing; it is still unclear whether charges will be filed.
Reports say the accident occurred around 9 a.m. as Cunningham was nearing the bus, which he relied on to get to school. The bus pulled away just before Cunningham reached the stop. Sources say Cunningham ran to catch up with the bus and got his arm trapped in the door. Unable to keep up with the bus's speed, Cunningham's legs faltered and he fell to the ground and the bus's wheels rolled over him. Some sources suggest that the bus driver was aware that Cunningham was grabbing onto the bus but failed to stop; the results of an official investigation are pending.
Sources: 5.19.13 Fort Lauderdale Accident.pdf,