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MAX Transit bus driver at fault of deadly traffic accident

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Alex James Mixon, the driver of the MAX Transit bus, was found to be at fault in the traffic accident that resulted in the death of Pouneh Bahri.  Birmingham Police say Mixon was found to have failed to yield the right of way to Bahri while making a left turn onto 20th Street South from 14th Avenue South as Bahri was crossing 20th Street inside a marked crosswalk.

According to police, these findings were based on numerous witnesses' statements who all had different directional viewpoints.  All witnesses stated that Bahri was crossing inside a marked crosswalk with the walk indication displayed on the pedestrian traffic control device. 

Mixon was tested for alcohol and drugs post accident.  The results were negative for both alcohol and drugs.  A search warrant was obtained for his cell phone records.  His cell phone records showed that no phone calls or text messages were neither made or received the day of the accident until after the accident had occurred. 

There was no surveillance of footage of the accident.  The investigation has now been turned over to the District Attorney's office for review.

25 year old Pouneh Bahri of Centreville, Virginia was struck and killed by the MAX transit bus earlier this month.  She was a student at The Horizons School, which helps prepare people with learning disabilities to live on their own.

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