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A New Smyrna Beach woman was killed Wednesday afternoon after getting off a Votran bus on South Dixie Freeway. Shelby Kane, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said Kane had just gotten off a southbound Votran bus and was crossing the four-lane street when she was hit by a van.

Kane was apparently headed to the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, when the crash occurred. A passenger on the bus did not see the impact, but saw Kane thrown into the air. Two passengers tried to help the seriously injured woman until paramedics arrived, but to no avail.

New Smyrna Beach Police Officer Chris Salomone said his preliminary investigation shows the driver of the van, Donna L. Lyam, 45, Edgewater, had no time to react. Her van, traveling south in the lefthand lane as it passed the bus, hit Kane, throwing her into the windshield, then into the air, before she landed on the pavement.

One of the passengers commented that she had always learned not to cross in front of a stopped bus. The investigating officer also stressed this point to avoid accidents like this from happening again.

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