Some very sad news came out of Washington this week.
In a tragic tour bus accident, the mayor of Alaska’s Skagway, Monica Adams Carlson, and her mother were killed while crossing the street near the White House.
A nightmare before Christmas
Ms. Adams and her mother were in town to see the Christmas decorations in the nation’s capital when the tragedy occurred.
Adams and her mother were struck by a Prevost H3 passenger bus at the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and 7th St. NW around at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
After being struck, both women were immediately taken to a local hospital, where they died from their injuries.
Carlson was 61. Her mother was 85.
Local police reports noted that the pedestrians had the right of way at the time of the accident.
Police have not yet stated if the driver of the bus will be facing any charges.
Town mourns their beloved mayor
Carlson won Skagway’s mayoral race in 2017 with a write-in campaign.
Skagway, a town with a population of just 1,100, is in mourning over the loss of its mayor.
A statement was released by the community that read in part: “This is a devastating loss to Monica’s family, friends, and community.”
It is never the “right time” to lose someone tragically, but something like this happening over the holidays can be truly devastating.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Ms. Carlson and her mother, as well as the local community of Skagway, of which they were such an integral part.
They will be missed.