Remise Ullius of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida was waiting for a bus Wednesday when she was fatally struck by Bruce Williams, news sources report. Ullius, 34, was pronounced dead at the Broward Health Medical Center. Williams, 51, of Fort Lauderdale, later told police he had swerved to avoid hitting another car; he does not appear to have been charged at this point in the investigation, which is ongoing. It is unclear whether Ullius’s family will file for damages.
Based on reports, Ullius was married, had two children, and had recently completed nursing school. Her husband, Mackenson Vernet, reportedly said that the family had a terrible record with being injured in car accidents. She had been involved in another crash in Michigan in 2002 while she was going to work, he reportedly told reporters; in that crash, a car lost control, veered onto the sidewalk, and struck her. The collision broke her leg and left her in a coma, sources indicate. Tragically, in 2008, Ullius’s oldest daughter died after she was stuck while crossing the street with her father; that accident occurred in Georgia, reports say.
At around 6:40 Wednesday morning, Ullius was standing near a bus stop on West Oakland Park Boulevard near Northwest 35th Avenue and the intersection of State Road 7. The bus would have been taking her to work, sources say. Reports did not immediately specify whether anyone else was at the bus stop.
According to reports, Williams was eastbound at the nearby intersection of SR 7 when he swerved to avoid hitting a car. He the lost control of his vehicle, veering onto the sidewalk and striking Ullius. Williams remained at the scene of the crash, but it was not clear at press time whether the car Williams nearly struck remained at the scene.
Following the crash, Ullius was rushed to the Broward Health Medical Center. Sadly, she was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival. “She was the fighter, she was the mother, she was a strong woman,” a shaken Vernet reportedly said. “Right now we don’t have nothing left, nothing. She left behind two kids. I’m asking myself, how am I going to do it myself?”
Fatal crashes at bus stops, while rare, seem to have spiked in South Florida over the past couple on months. In late July, Jonathan Manuel Cordero and another man were at a Hialeah bus stop when they were struck by Henry A. Paz, reports say. Cordero, 24, sustained critical injuries that resulted in the amputation of both his legs. The other victim, whose name has not been released to the public, was killed at the scene. Paz was apprehended on charges of leaving the scene of a crash with a death and leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries. It is unclear whether he hired legal aid.
Reports say that accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. around the corner of West 16th Avenue and 49th Street. Cordero and the other victim were waiting at the bus stop when Paz lost control of his 2007 Toyota Camry and veered into the bust stop, sources say. Cordero was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center, where he had to have both his legs amputated. The other victim died at the scene. Cordero fled, but was later arrested.
Source: 8.9.13 Ullius Bus Stop Crash.pdf