Surveillance video released: Deadly pedestrian strike involving RTA bus

A 56-year-old woman died after she was struck by an RTA bus while walking northbound across West Third Street, around 7 a.m. the morning of March 10, according to a Dayton Police report.

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Lynn Willis, of Dayton, worked for the social security administration for more than 30 years. She would park her car on Wilkinson in downtown Dayton and take the same crosswalk across Third Street to the federal building every day.

On the morning that Willis was killed, an RTA bus was attempting to make a left turn from South Wilkinson Street to West Third Street.

The bus failed to yield to the right of way of the pedestrian, according to the report.

Willis was taken to the Miami Valley Hospital, where she died.

Woody Willis, Lynn’s husband said she spent the past five years taking care of her dying mother and some of that time, fostering her two nephews who lost their parents in a car crash.

“Her life had not been her own for five years and the saddest thing about all this is really just in the last month, she was coming out of all that,” he said.

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“She was an absolute joy, just a delight, I couldn't have asked for a better sister,” said Kim Steele Lynn’s sister.

Woody told News Center 7 that he tried to convince Lynn to sleep in the morning she died. They had gotten home later after a Wright State Basketball game in Indianapolis the night before.

“She had things that she needed to get done. I think about that,” he said.

The driver of the bus that struck Willis is no longer employed with RTA, according to Greater Dayton RTA Communication Manager Jessica Olson.

Surveillance video from the RTA was recently released, and shows Lynn Willis moments before she was killed.

The video shows her enter the crosswalk just before the driver of the RTA bus made a left-hand turn onto Third Street. You do not see Willis being struck.

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Lynn’s family now wants justice for her. At his point, the driver of the RTA bus is not facing any charges or citations.

News Center 7 reached out to Dayton Police who said it was still under investigation.

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