The women killed by a school bus on 2nd Ave on the Upper East Side Thursday at around 3:30 p.m. No I.D. yet on the 40 year old victim. Witnesses say the woman was crossing the street looking at a scratch off lottery ticket when she was hit by the school bus. She had severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene. Responding officers said the victim died on the street of cardiac and respiratory arrest.
Another witness said the bus was backing up just before hitting the victim, more likely due to the heavy traffic. The school bus driver was familiar with this route, he took this route daily. “There’s no lines on the street, taxi guys just cut in front of you and you’re dealing with kids on the bus, no matrons, no help and it becomes very difficult,” another witness said.
There was 6 children on the bus at the time of the accident, all were taken out of the back of the bus to a near by gym and were released to the parents there, No children were injured in the accident, but all the children were shaken up and crying.
The bus driver was the most affected when he realized what had happened, “The school bus driver, he was going crazy after he knew what happened. He was in the bus screaming, crying. And then I guess the paramedics came and took him away,” another witness told reporters.
The women is still unidentified and the school bus driver was not arrested.
There is heavy construction going on in the area and it makes it much more difficult, increasing the risk for collisions to happen. Accidents resulting in fatalities leave us wondering if there could have been something done different, all we can do is practice safe driving and aware of all your surroundings.
Pedestrian accidents remind us to not just be watchful of other motorist but also those on foot. Reckless drivers, distracted drivers, who’s negligence resulted in an accidents where you’ve lost a love one, consult with a personal injury and accident attorney you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Discuss the possibilities for a settlement to help with medical bills, funeral cost, pain and suffering.