UConn Shuttle Buses Now Speak To Students

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A year after a fatal accident at the University of Connecticut, shuttle buses on campus have begun speaking to students.

A new system called "Safe Turn Alert," which went into effect Monday, provides automatic verbal messages that warn pedestrians a bus is turning and remind drivers to look both ways.

The death of UConn student David Plamondon on the evening of March 22, 2011, brought up the need for a safer bus system on campus. Plamondon, a 20-year-old junior and pre-med student from Westminster, Mass., was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Alumni Drive and Hillside Road on campus when he was struck and killed by a shuttle bus driven by another student.

Lukasz Gilewski, 22 of Newington, pleaded no contest to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle — a misdemeanor — and failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian. He said he had waved at another bus driver as he started to turn onto Alumni and then realized he had hit a pedestrian. Earlier this month Gilewski was sentenced to six months in prison, but the sentence was suspended. He also was sentenced to two years' probation.

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