Mijin Shin bus tragedy: coroner calls for phased signals at 800 pedestrian crossings

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4 Dec 2018

Mijin Shin, left, with her family. Photo: Facebook Flowers left for Mijin Shin on the street where she was struck and killed by a bus. Photo: Simon Alekna

A NSW coroner has recommended that the state’s roads authority install phased pedestrian signals at nearly 800 crossings throughout NSW following the inquest into the death of a Sydney mother who was run over by a bus.

Mijin Shin, 38, was pushing her baby across a pedestrian crossing in Beecroft on May 2, 2012, when she was struck down by a school bus full of students, including her own daughter, as it made a left hand turn.

In handing down her findings into the manner and cause of Ms Shin’s death on Wednesday, Deputy NSW Coroner Sharon Freund concluded that the driver of the bus had not seen her because she was in his left-turning blind spot.

“Mijin found herself walking within the blind spot caused by the A-pillar of the bus,” Ms Freund found.

“That, coupled with the number of distractions on which [the driver] had to focus in order to successfully make the left hand turn, resulted in Mijin being knocked down and run over by the bus as it turned the corner, as she was in effect at all times in the moving blind spot of the A-pillar.”

The coroner recommended that the phasing of lights at 767 busy intersections across NSW be changed to introduce a delay before the vehicle traffic is released to ensure that pedestrians are able to stay out of a vehicles blind spot.

In its submissions to the inquest, Roads and Maritime Services opposed the move, indicating that it would take three years to complete at a cost of approximately $5 million.

However, the coroner said the safety of pedestrians was the paramount consideration.

“A pedestrian, particularly a child or a smaller person like Mijin being caught in a moving blind spot of a larger vehicle like a bus or truck (or the now common SUVs and four-wheel-drives) can clearly, as demonstrated here, have tragic and irreversible consequences,” Ms Freund said.

Should the signals change be introduced, motorists turning right or left across a pedestrian crossing would have to wait on a red light for a number of seconds before being allowed to begin making their turn.

The coroner noted that introducing the new phasing would require reviewing, modelling and testing the software for each intersection before it was introduced.

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