This is a news release from the Washington Metropolitan Police Dept., provided verbatim.
D.C. Police have arrested the driver of a tour bus that ran down a mother and daughter in a crosswalk earlier this month.
Gerard Derrick James, 45, of Baltimore, was driving the unoccupied bus when it struck and killed Monica Adams Carlson, 61, of Skagway, Alaska and her mother, Cora Adams, 85, of Elbe, Washington, at the intersection of 7th St. and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 as Carlson and Adams were crossing the street as the bus was making a left turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Published reports said the women were in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.
Carlson, the mayor of Skagway, and her mother had visited the White House earlier in the day to see the Christmas decorations.
A Skagway resident of 34 years, Carlson was elected mayor in 2017 as a write-in candidate and was set to serve until October 2019, the Skagway News reported.
“Skagway’s loss is Alaska’s loss,” Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said.
The accident was eerily similar to one that occurred a few years ago, when two pedestrians were struck by a Metro bus at the same intersection in strikingly similar circumstances.