Family of trolley accident victim visits Birmingham

Family of trolley accident victim visits Birmingham

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Bahri's family speaks to media. Source: Melanie Posey/WBRC Bahri's family speaks to media. Source: Melanie Posey/WBRC
Pouneh Bahri. Source: Facebook/WBRC video Pouneh Bahri. Source: Facebook/WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The family of a woman struck and killed by a MAX Dart bus visited Birmingham Friday on what would have been her graduation day.

Pouneh Bahri, 25, died March 14 after being struck on 20th Street South by the bus, which looks like a trolley. Bahri would have graduated Friday from The Horizons School, which provides a college-like experience to adults with mild disabilities.

Bahri's mother, Azadeh Farjadi, says this would have been the happiest day of her life. She says that Bahri was "my inspiration."

The family held a brief memorial service near the spot where Bahri was killed. Doves were released in her memory and Bahri's brother and father placed flowers at the spot where Bahri was killed.

During her remarks, Farjadi spoke about the pain her family has endured since Bahri's death, calling it unjust and asking for justice to be served. Farjadi also shared stories of Bahri's life.

"She was filled with bright light ant wisdom and warmed up the room with a Godly presence. Pouneah was my my hero. She was my teacher. She was my inspiration. She was my heart. She was my best friend," Farjadi said.

Bahri's family has filed a motion seeking information from the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority and the bus driver. The Birmingham Police Department determined that the driver in the accident was at fault but no charges have been filed.

Reporter Melanie Posey attended the service Friday and you will hear from the family during FOX6 News at 5 and 6. You can watch on air, online at FoxAlabamaLive.com or through the WBRC News app.

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