A trainee speech therapist was flung 10 feet and died of catastrophic head injuries when she was hit by a bus, an inquest has heard.
Julia Luxmoore Peto, 27, was crossing a road in south London after a days shopping when she was hit by the bus which was doing just 20mph.
Southwark Coroners Court heard speculation the crossing was made difficult by the visibility of pedestrian traffic signals and the coroner recommended more look left/look right signs should be put up.
Eyewitnesses claim she was thrown 10ft by a route 225 bus as she walked in Lewisham, south London last year.
But an inquest today ruled the crash took place after miss Luxmoore Peto stepped out without looking on September 16.
She crossed a number of lanes and reached a traffic island – before stepping out at a brisk pace.
As she crossed the 30mph road on Deptford Broadway – she was hit by a single-decker bus just before 5pm.
She was rushed to Kings College Hospital by the London Air Ambulance with serious head injuries, but died the following day.
Bus driver Mahomed Nasir was breath and drug tested at the scene and was not arrested for the crash.
Miss Luxmoore Peto was halfway through a two-year speech and language therapy MSC course at City University.
She had previously worked as a teaching assistant at Childeric Primary School, New Cross, south east London.
The inquest heard that she had graduated from Goldsmiths with a degree in International Relations.
Witnesses at the time of her death said that the front windscreen of the bus had shattered during the crash.
Assistant Coroner Christopher Williams said: Unsurprisingly the place where she crossed had a reputation for being particularly hazardous.
She was hit and suffered catastrophic head injuries. There was no evidence to suggest that she was on her phone.
Miss Luxmoore Peto was obviously very well thought of by all that knew her.
She died on the 17th September from a severe traumatic brain injury.
It appears that she was not on her phone at the time. She appeared to be looking to the left throughout.
It appears the green signal could be lit up on the road, which could confuse pedestrians.
Witness Francis Hegarty was driving a rail replacement bus at the time of the crash.
He said in a report: I noticed a female falling toward the floor towards the bus. I could see the motionless body on the floor bleeding from thRead More – Source