Newly released footage shows the moments that led up to a horrific bus crash in Seattle leading to the death of a 28-year-old woman.
The crash, which occurred on November 4, in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood occurred after the driver of a red sedan blew through a red light.
The car, driven by 31-year-old Adam Abelson, could be seen speeding down Fifth Avenue before colliding with the bus, sending it careening into the frontage of a bank where Amanda Joelle Schneider was walking.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) released footage of the accident shot from four different traffic cameras.
It shows how the impact of Abelson’s car forced the bus into the side of the building, hitting Schneider who was waiting to cross the street. She was killed instantly.
A red sedan southbound on 5th Avenue in Seattle collided with a bus traveling eastbound on Battery Street. The collision forced the bus off the roadway, where it struck and killed a woman
Footage shot by various traffic cameras captured the moments leading up to a tragic bus crash in Seattle
The crash, which occurred on November 4, in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood occurred after the driver of a red sedan blew through a red light
The impact of Abelson’s car forced the bus into the side of the building, hitting Schneider who was waiting to cross the street. She was killed instantly
The bus also had more than a dozen passengers on board at the time of the crash – all sustained minor injuries.
Eight people, including the bus driver and passengers, were treated and discharged after the crash.
The bus driver was injured by his steering wheel which was pinned onto his leg. He also suffered a sore shoulder and headache.
Abelson had to be extricated from the vehicle and received medical treatment at Harborview Medical Center for his injuries.
He has since been charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and lacking a valid license.
The collision killed Amanda Joelle Schneider who was waiting to cross the street
Adam Abelson, 31, was the driver of a red sedan who allegedly ran a red light slamming into the bus along 5th Avenue sending it careening into a bank
Drug paraphernalia was also discovered on the car’s front passenger seat when Abelson was found unconscious, according to court records.
A toxicology test was ordered for Abelson with the results from the Washington State Toxicology Lab still pending.
KCPAO documents reveal Abelson has a prior conviction for a hit and run, along with a pending case involving fleeing from a police officer and running a red light in downtown Seattle.
Abelson has accumulated more than 50 warrants for his arrest over the years.
Prosecutors stated in court documents, ‘This defendant is a grave danger to the public and a flight risk who is not expected to appear for any Court appearance on his own volition.’
Streets surrounding the crash site were sealed off following the collision
The car Abelson was driving can be seen on the left, while the bus ended up on the sidewalk
The crash occurred at speed leaving the bus with nowhere to go but the sidewalk
Abelson who was driving the sedan, seen left, has since been charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and lacking a valid license
Abelson’s bail has been established at $500,000, and he is currently detained in the King County jail.
The victim, Schneider, was a budding figure skater who had moved to Seattle from California.
She was passionate about music, fitness, ice skating, dancing and was studying for a degree in psychology
‘He killed our precious daughter,’ dad Karl Schneider said to the Seattle Times. ‘She was too young to die. A horrible way to die, in my opinion.
‘We would go to baseball games. At one point, she knew every one of the San Francisco Giants. She is a very lovable, sweet, calm person.
‘She was daddy’s little girl,’ Karl said.