Man flees from Regional Transit train in east Sacramento, collides into bus moments later

A Sacramento Regional Transit bus was involved in a fatal vehicle accident that killed a pedestrian in east Sacramento late Friday night, said Susan Bitar, RT spokeswoman.

The accident happened at around 10:38 p.m. at 65th and Q streets, near the University/65th Street Light Rail Station, Sacramento Police Department activity logs show.

The pedestrian in the accident was a man riding the eastbound Gold Line before the impact, Bitar said. An RT police officer noticed the man appeared to be intoxicated and drawing graffiti onto the train as it neared the University/65th Street station, she said.

The man fled the train once the RT officer approached him. Bitar said the officer did not chase the man.

“The pedestrian ran toward 65th Street and Q Street as the bus was turning,” she said. “He had either run into the side of the bus or slipped and fell into the pathway of the bus.”

The bus in the fatality was northbound on 65th Street and was making a right turn onto Q Street at the time of the accident, Bitar said. The accident happened outside the driver’s view, just in front of the rear tire, she said.

No passengers were on board at the time, according to the police log. The first officers to arrive performed CPR on the unresponsive man, who was later pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

The Sacramento Police Department’s Major Collision Investigation Unit investigated. Bitar said the driver had worked for RT for two years and was placed on paid administrative leave pending drug and alcohol testing.

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