18 Nov 2014

Driver tells of prayers for dead jogger

7:38 pm on 18 November 2014

The man driving a Wellington bus which hit and killed a jogger who ran in front of it has told the woman's family he always remembers her in his prayers.

A police investigation into the death of Venessa Green in Wellington in June 2011 showed no fault on the part of the bus driver.

An inquest has begun in the Wellington Coroner's Court into Ms Green's death, which happened as she jogged along Willis Street.

Bus driver Tasi Kalolo gave evidence and, at the end of it, told the Green family he was sorry for what happened and always remembered Ms Green in his prayers.

Ms Green's family burst into tears, and her mother told Mr Kalolo he had nothing to apologise for and they harboured no ill-feeling towards him.

Sergeant Peter Sowter told the court an investigation showed the bus was not exceeding the 30km/h speed limit.

He said two bus passengers told investigators Ms Green had not looked in the bus's direction before stepping off the footpath.

Mr Sowter said they also spoke to two pedestrians at the scene who saw the bus approaching and were waiting for it to pass before they crossed the road.

Marguerite Eames told the court she was sitting in the seat behind the driver and saw Ms Green jogging towards the bus on the footpath.

She said Ms Green did not stop at the kerb but kept on jogging, and her head hit the front of the bus.

Another witness said she saw Ms Green step out in front of the bus, which hit her and pushed her along the road.

She said the bus windscreen cracked and the driver appeared to be in shock.

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