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Southside community concerned after MAX Dart bus kills pedestrian

A MAX Dart bus hit and killed pedestrian Pouneh Bahri on Tuesday at the corner of 14th Avenue and 20th Street South. Source: WBRC video A MAX Dart bus hit and killed pedestrian Pouneh Bahri on Tuesday at the corner of 14th Avenue and 20th Street South. Source: WBRC video
Bahri was a student at The Horizons School, located on 15th Avenue between 20th Street and Richard Arrington Jr., Blvd. Source: WBRC video Bahri was a student at The Horizons School, located on 15th Avenue between 20th Street and Richard Arrington Jr., Blvd. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The death of a 25-year-old woman killed by a MAX Dart bus on Tuesday is raising concerns among other people who frequently walk in the area. Many said if you're a pedestrian, you can't let your guard down.

Pouneh Bahri was a special needs student at Horizons School who was learning to live independently when she was hit and killed by the bus about a block from her school.

A former Horizons graduate who now works at UAB said it can by unsettling to walk around the area.

"You have to keep your head on a swivel in order to come and walk through here because it's very dangerous," Richard Baladon said.

Students at UAB agreed.

"I think drivers need to be more cognizant of everyone crossing the street. They usually look for oncoming traffic. This is a high traffic area. They don't always look for pedestrians crossing," UAB medical student Rosmi Bhattachara said.

Including the collision that killed Bahri, two pedestrians have been hit in Southside during the past six months, Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department said.

Baladon said six or seven years ago another Horizons student was struck walking by a MAX bus but he survived.

Lt. Edwards said Tuesday's incident is considered an accident at this time but investigators will turn over their probe to the district attorney's office for the final decision about whether or not charges should be filed.

A spokeswoman for the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority, which is over the MAX buses, said there would be no comment until the investigation is completed.

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