Family of couple who died in bus accident share memories

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 10:57 PM

A couple died in Kirkland when a Sound Transit bus ran a red light and slammed into an SUV. Now the children and grandchildren of Bob and Betty Rotta are remembering them as two people who were focused on their family and their faith.

The family is now rallying around the couple's middle son, who survived the collision.

Family members traveled overnight to Kirkland so they could all be together as they try to deal with this sudden loss.

Bob Rotta was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Betty was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but her injuries were too severe.

“When things started going downgrade for her I kinda came back and said ‘Well make sure to say hi to dad when you go to heaven … from us,’” said son Phil Rotta.

“Then she slipped away shortly after that,” said daughter Renae Meyer.

The couple in their 70's had spent time Monday night at their eldest son's home before leaving with their middle son, Ken. The three were driving near northbound I-405 and NE 128th Street in Kirkland when a bus collided with their SUV.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating to see if the bus was having brake trouble.

But right now the family is not focused on the investigation. They are just sharing memories about the parents they lost.

“It is like my mom would not miss a basketball game, she was just a really great mom,” said Renae. “My dad was right there as often as possible. I think we are just really fortunate that our parents made family a priority.”

Ken, who was in the SUV with his parents, spent the night in the hospital. His brother says he suffered a cracked rib, along with cuts and bruises, but he is expected to make a full recovery

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