Safety improvements have been recommended for Dublin's busiest junction, where an English tourist was fatally injured by a bus, an inquest heard yesterday.
Maree Buckland, from Warwickshire, died after she was struck by a double-decker bus on the capital's O'Connell Street near the Spire.
The 60-year-old suffered severe head injuries from the collision on September 15, 2005 and remained in a coma for eight days at St James' Hospital, Dublin. She died on September 22 and was also suffering from secondary cancer.
As she lay critically injured on the road, her handbag, containing 1000 euro in cash, a mobile phone and store and bank cards was snatched.
Mrs Buckland's friend, Jagdish Mangat, was also hit by the public service Dublin Bus, but recovered from her injuries.
Crying while giving evidence at Dublin City Coroner's Court, Ms Mangat said she remembered little about the accident.
"We were talking together as usual," she said.
"All I remember is following other people. Other pedestrians were in front of us. I pointed out the airport bus on the other side. After that I remember waking up in casualty."
Originally from County Sligo, Mrs Buckland and her husband Colin had recently bought a second home in County Mayo.
The couple, who were married for 36 years, lived at The Staithe, Austrey, in Atherstone. Mrs Buckland and her friend were staying in Mayo and visiting Dublin for the day.
Bus driver, John Loughrey, told the hearing he was travelling at around 20mph and had a green light when he approached the junction.
He recalls seeing groups of people waiting on both sides of the traffic lights when two women stepped from the crowd. "When I saw the ladies step out, they were facing each other and talking to each other and they didn't even notice they had walked out on the road", he said.
Mr Loughrey hit the brake and horn, skidding six to seven feet before hitting Mrs Buckland head on. Her friend was struck by the side of the bus.
Dublin City Coroner, Dr Brian Farrell, heard concerns over the new plaza in the centre of the capital which does not have clear road markings, clear signage or a drop kerb to warn pedestrians they are on a road.
Investigating gardai said it is the busiest junction in the city.
Recording a verdict of accidental death a jury in the court recommended the crossing be re-evaluated.