Elderly Woman Hit and Killed by MTA Bus in Brooklyn
A 70-year-old woman recently died from her injuries after a Metro Transit Authority bus in Brooklyn reportedly struck her as she attempted to cross the street.
NBC 4 New York obtained video footage of the accident, which clearly shows the woman standing on the side of the road at the intersection of Sackman and Fulton streets, preparing to cross. As she begins to cross the street with her walker, the bus, which was not in service at the time, suddenly pulls into the intersection from the opposite side of the street and attempts to make a left turn toward her. Just as she crosses the double yellow line, the bus strikes the woman. The gruesome video shows the bus briefly stopping and then moving around the victim and down the street. When paramedics arrived, they pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
According to the MTA, the bus was heading back to the East New York depot after completing its route. The driver was suspended without pay while an investigation took place. He was also charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, failure to yield and various other traffic violations. He has not yet commented on the case.
The consequences of hit-and-run accidents
Fleeing the scene of a fatal accident is a felony in New York, which means if the bus driver is found guilty, he would likely face prison time. All drivers are responsible for staying behind at the accident scene to help out other victims and await the arrival of law enforcement and paramedics. The criminal charges the driver is facing would be separate from any civil action the victim’s family might pursue.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a serious auto accident, contact a trusted personal injury attorney with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia in Long Island, New York.