UPDATE: 96-Year-Old Victim of Hillside Senior Citizen Bus Crash Dies
The family of a senior woman who was a passenger on board a minibus involved in a collision in July are reporting her death.
Police reported the crash at approximately 9:22 AM where the Hillside Senior Citizen Bus was struck at the intersection of Long and Central Avenues by a four-door Hyundai Sonata.
According to Hillside Police, the preliminary investigation determined the driver of the Hyundai disregarded the stop sign at Long Avenue as the bus was traveling south on Central Avenue.
The car then struck the rear right side of the bus near the bumper, causing the bus driver to lose control and strike a nearby utility pole according to Hillside police officials.
Twelve passengers were transported to area hospitals with apparent minor injuries or as a precautionary measure HIllside Police officials said in a statement at that time.
On July 28th, a family member reported the following:
"My mother’s older sister Harriet Geminder has passed away after celebrating her 96th birthday just a few weeks ago. She succumbed to her injuries from being a passenger in a crash in her senior citizen daily minivan outing. The three sisters are back together again. May she Rest In Peace."
Hillside Police officials have not immediately commented on Ms. Germinder's death nor is there an official word from authorities if the crash contributed to Ms. Geminder passing.
There were no injuries to the driver of the Hyundai.
The senior citizen bus was unable to be moved at that time due to the live electrical wires of the utility pole that fell on the vehicle according to Hillside Police officials.
The incident remains under investigation.