Woman Dies After Falling Under Bus

A woman waiting for a bus near the Seven Corners shopping center was killed yesterday afternoon when she apparently slipped and fell beneath a Metro bus, Fairfax County police said.

Police said Nakiko B. Pennell, 64, of the 3700 block of South George Mason Drive in the Baileys Crossroads area was standing at a bus stop on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) near Patrick Henry Drive. About 3:50 p.m., Pennell fell under the bus, Fairfax police spokeswoman Mary Mulrenan said, but details of how or why Pennell fell were not immediately available.

Investigators did not believe speed or alcohol were involved.

Pennell was the second pedestrian killed in Seven Corners in three days. On Sunday night, a man crossing Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) at Patrick Henry Drive was fatally injured by a car.

Police yesterday identified the man as Edis Bonilla Hernandez, 48, of no fixed address.

Police said Hernandez was trying to walk across Arlington Boulevard about 8 p.m. when he was struck in the eastbound lanes by a 1993 BMW 525i driven by a 27-year-old Gainesville man, police said.

The driver of the BMW was not hurt, and his name was not released. Authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash but had not ruled out speed and were investigating yesterday.

By  |  October 12, 2005; 11:55 AM ET  | Category:  Accidents
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