Man Dies of His Injuries After RTA Bus Ran Him Over

A family member posted on Joseph Milan’s Facebook page confirming that he died on Saturday.

Photo of Joe Milan on his Facebook page. The 46-year-old Lakewood man died of the injuries sustained when an RTA bus ran him over on Monday.
Photo of Joe Milan on his Facebook page. The 46-year-old Lakewood man died of the injuries sustained when an RTA bus ran him over on Monday.

Joseph Milan, the Lakewood man who was run over by an RTA bus on Monday, has died from his injuries.

He was 46.

A family member posted on Joseph Milan’s Facebook page that he died on Saturday, however officials at MetroHealth Medical Center would not confirm his death.

Milan was run over by the No. 26 bus at around 5 a.m. June 10 as he tried to get the driver’s attention to board the bus.

A nurse on her way to Lakewood Hospital found him in the street, and after flagging down help, called 911.

Milan, an employee of Medical Mutual of Ohio, told her that the bus struck him and that it continued east after it hit him. She also told Lakewood Patch that he said he thought the driver saw him.

He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he’d been listed in critical condition since Monday.

Here’s the statement made by a family member on Milan’s Facebook page:

Dear friends of Joe we would like to thank you for your concern, kind words and prayers during this difficult time. Joe was in MetroHealth Trauma Center ICU in critical condition since Monday. He was cared for by excellent physicians and nurses. With much sadness Joe was unable to overcome his injuries sustained Monday morning. Joe donated his organs through Life Bank and will help numerous people. We are in the process of planning his memorial service. Please refer to the obituary column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer within the next few days.  Sincerely the Milan family.

An outpouring of comments followed.

Police have said Milan was running late to catch the No. 26 bus, when he banged on the side door, tripped and was crushed under the weight the of the bus.

RTA isn’t saying much, repeatedly declining comment — referring all questions to the Lakewood Police Department.

Lakewood Patch made a public records request last week, seeking RTA policies and procedures regarding crashes involving its drivers.

We’re still waiting.

Ruth June 16, 2013 at 08:00 AM
Very sorry to hear of the loss of Joseph Milan. My sympathy to his family and friends.
Michael A. Miller June 16, 2013 at 08:24 AM
Of course they're referring inquiries to the Lakewood Police. Why wouldn't they, considering that RTA and the police clearly have some sort of fellowship based on Captain Spaulding's claim that the driver wasn't at fault.
Michael A. Miller June 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM
I don't know Joe, didn't even know his name before now. I had seen him on the bus frequently. A time or two he talked to me nonstop the entire duration of the ride. I believe the one thing we all have in common is, we want someone to listen to us. So I listened to what Joe had to say, and I engaged him. I'm glad I did. He impressed me as intelligent and modest, and I'm sure the RTA driver who killed him has created a great loss in a great many lives.
CMW June 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM
↑ guessing RTA drivers care as much about people as you do about grammar.


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