Holocaust survivor struck by Howard County school bus in Silver Spring has died -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated at 2:40 p.m., Feb. 27, 2014.

A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor from Silver Spring was killed Wednesday after he was hit by a Howard County public school bus on Columbia Pike.

Montgomery County police said Elia Miranski, of the 12300 block of Featherwood Drive, was struck as he was trying to cross the northbound lanes of Columbia Pike at Tech Road.

Police said Miranski was in the crosswalk, but the bus driver had the green light. The incident happened at around 2:30 p.m., spurring the shutdown of Columbia Pike. Miranski later died at the hospital.

Police said no other injuries were reported.

Miranski was born Aug. 3, 1922 in Mir, Poland. He survived the German occupation of Poland, joining up with Russian fighters and eventually escaping to Israel. His parents and two of his siblings were shot, according to a May 2013 recorded interview archived at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The oral history was translated by his daughter, Genia Miranski.

Howard County Public Schools spokeswoman Rebecca Amani-Dove said the school bus was carrying 14 students, a teacher and an administrator from Hammond Middle School in Laurel. The group was returning from a visit to the White House.

Amani-Dove said the driver worked for Mellor’s Bus Service, a contractor that provides drivers for 10 Howard County Public School buses.

“We can’t draw any conclusions about what happened until the police investigation is complete,” Amani-Dove said.

An alternative bus transported the students back to the school, where the students met with grief counselors. Amani-Dove said the counselors followed up with the students’ families Wednesday night.