Woman killed in Victoria Station bus crash had ‘enthusiasm for life and joy’

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  • January 30, 2024
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Published Jan 30, 2024, 10:06pm|Updated Jan 30, 2024, 10:41pm

The family of a woman who died after being hit in a crash at Victoria bus station in London has said she will be remembered for her ‘fast Irish wit’ and ‘enthusiasm for life and joy’.

Catherine Finnegan, known as Kathleen, died at the scene on Monday morning despite the efforts of land and air ambulances.

The 56-year-old, from County Galway, had been hit by a Number 13 double-decker bus when it crashed into a shelter at the busy transport hub.

Emergency services were called at 8.59am.

In a statement released through the Met, Ms Finnegan’s family said: ‘Our beloved daughter, sister, partner, most adored auntie and treasured friend Catherine Finnegan, known as Kathleen, lost her life on January 29.

‘She will be remembered as a very unique lady who had the fast Irish wit and who made her family and friends so very proud of her bright, clever personality.

‘She was a whirlwind in any room and lit up this world with her energy, enthusiasm for life and joy.

‘She will be forever in our hearts.’

The 46-year-old driver of the bus was taken to hospital before being discharged. It’s thought she had to be cut out of the wreckage by firefighters.

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said at the time of the crash: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with this pedestrian who has been killed today.’

The Met is working with Transport for London and public transport operator RATP for their investigation into the incident.

In 2021, a female commuter was killed metres away from the scene of Monday’s crash when a stationary bus was shunted into her after it was rear-ended by another bus.

Melissa Burr, 32, was among four people injured in the crash, including the driver of the stationary bus.

Olusofa Popoola, 61, who was driving the moving bus when he accidentally accelerated, admitted causing death by careless driving and received an 18-month suspended sentence.

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