Woman hit by bus at half marathon remains in ICU

(Provided Photo/Tom Sheehan)

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – A woman hit by a bus Saturday morning in Fishers remained in the intensive care unit in critical condition Monday, according to IU Health officials.

St. Vincent Geist Half Marathon and 5k President Matt Troyer said 34-year-old Erin Harris was a registered participant of the race. It didn’t take him long to hear about what had happened.

“It was very sad. I felt very bad for Erin Harris, who was struck by the bus. I felt equally as bad for the bus driver,” said Troyer.

Troyer says a marathon board member got in touch with Harris’ family over the weekend to send their condolences.

“At this time we are trying to maintain a respectful distance. Everybody on the board and everyone that has called in to ask about her has been praying for her and thinking about her and that’s probably the most we can do at this time,” said Troyer.

Fishers police officials said Harris was walking northbound across a crosswalk in the 11700 block of Olio Road just north of 116th Street when a bus that was pulling out of a parking lot struck her.

The driver of the bus was Hamilton Southeastern Schools bus driver 69-year-old David McCollum. The school district said McCollum has a spotless driving record and has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation concludes.

“Our hearts are with Mrs. Harris who was injured Saturday and all who were touched by this terrible accident,” HSE said in a prepared statement. “Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Proceeds from the Geist Half go to Lawrence Township Schools and HSE. HSE provides buses each year to shuttle participants and supporters from school lots to the start of the race.

Troyer said although the accident did not happen on the running course, he will debrief with course organizers, emergency medical services and the City of Fishers after the investigation to see if extra safety measures should be in place in the future.

“Right now, it’s just a sad situation and we’re all thinking and praying for Erin and her family,” said Troyer.

It’s still unclear who, if anyone, is at fault or if charges will be filed.

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