SEPTA driver convicted after man, 93, killed by bus in Glenside

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Thursday, January 5, 2017
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SEPTA bus driver Katrina Sanders was found guilty of homicide by vehicle Wednesday.

GLENSIDE, Pa. (WPVI) -- SEPTA bus driver Katrina Sanders was found guilty of homicide by vehicle Wednesday.

Ninety-three-year-old Edward Hill Sr. died when a bus drove into him on Limekiln Pike in Glenside last April.

Video from the bus shows the driver looking at papers while she waits to make a left-hand turn.

She was still holding the papers when she ran over Hill in a crosswalk.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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"She wasn't paying attention. She was reading papers. She was distracted," said Edward Miller, victim's son.

Sanders testified those papers were part of a new bus route that she wasn't familiar with.

SEPTA cameras show the moments just before she ran over Miller Sr., pinning him underneath the bus.

"She was there for 45 seconds without surveying that intersection. Dad stood caddy-corner from her at the post, as clearly visible as anybody could be," said Edward Miller.

Sanders claims she didn't see Miller, but court documents reveal investigators concluded Sanders operated the bus in a "reckless, careless and negligent manner."

On Wednesday, a jury found her guilty of multiple charges, including homicide by vehicle.

"If you're going 8 miles per hour, not looking where you're going, driving a 20-ton bus, you're going to do damage," said Edward Miller.

Miller's son says he's satisfied with the verdict, and less concerned about punishment.

"If she's remorseful, than what else is there? Is prison going to teach her a lesson? No.

"I would like her to go into churches, to go into schools and say, 'I drove distracted, and I killed somebody's father and someone's husband. ... Don't do what I did," said Edward Miller.

Sanders' attorneys say they will likely appeal that verdict.

Homicide by vehicle carries a maximum of seven years behind bars.

Her sentencing will be at a later date.