[UPDATED] Courthouse Clerk Killed by Bus Driver Near City Hall

Photo: Gersh Kuntzman
Photo: Gersh Kuntzman

SB Donation NYC header 2A pedestrian was run down and killed by a private bus driver in Lower Manhattan on Thursday night — and the driver was charged.

Cops charged Xi Chen, 50, with failure to yield and failure to exercise due care for striking 28-year-old Kimberly Greer at the intersection of Centre and Leonard streets with his 2013 bus.

Photo: Fordham University School of Law / Rob Yasharian
Photo: Fordham University School of Law / Rob Yasharian

Cops say Greer was crossing Leonard Street, from south to north, inside the crosswalk when Chen made a left turn onto Leonard Street, and hit the pedestrian, who lives on Long Island. She was taken to New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, where she died. Channel 7 News reported that the bus was empty at the time.

Greer, who got married last month, worked as a clerk in the Manhattan federal court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine Parker issued a statement on Friday mourning the “vibrant young woman with an excellent legal mind.”

The statement continued:

She distinguished herself in chambers through her keen analytical skills and fluent writing. Most importantly, she was one of the most kind and generous persons I know, quick to lend a hand to colleagues, bake cookies for interns, and mentor students. She was a deeply valued and loved member of my chambers family and we are devastated by this tragedy.

Kimberly began her clerkship in March 2018. Prior to clerking she was an associate at Vedder Price P.C. She graduated from Fordham Law School in May 2016, cum laude. While at Fordham she distinguished herself as a leader. She was on Fordham Law School’s National Moot Court Team, winning first place in oral advocacy and best brief writer. She was President of the Fordham Law School Student Association and an Associate Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. She was a Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholar and recipient of the Eugene J. Keefe Award. Because of her strong advocacy skills, she was invited to and taught moot court at Fordham Law School in the Fall of 2018. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2012, where she also was on Dean’s List.

We extend our deepest condolences to Kimberly’s husband Michael Singer, her father George, her brothers Matt and Jon, and the rest of her family.

The death comes as the city is experiencing its safest year on record, with pedestrian, cyclist and motorist death possibly coming in under 200 for what experts believe is the first time in the automobile era. Through Nov. 30, 95 pedestrians, 10 cyclists and 71 drivers have died on the roads, according to city statistics.

That said, the NYPD reported that it is monitoring an uptick in pedestrian deaths in December.

“We are up a little bit in pedestrian fatalities this month, so it is something we are looking at and continuing to do the enforcement we do with the Vision Zero project,” Terence Monahan, the NYPD’s chief of department, told reporters on Friday.

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  • Robert Lancer

    This is terrible, I have not confirmed this but it appears to be the Kimberley Greer I knew from Melville, I was friends with her brother when she was born. Very sad news.

  • Daphna

    So sad and tragic.
    I wear neon colors when I cycle for visibility even though I think those colors are ugly. When I read stories like this, it makes me consider wearing high visibility clothing even when I’m a pedestrian.
    It would be great if the city would install a lot more curb bulb outs around corners of intersections and eliminate parking 20′ from each crosswalk for visibility.

  • William Lawson

    I don’t consider giving a killer driver a BS ticket “charging” them. In fact given the crime they’ve actually committed and the leniency they’re shown, it should be considered as a REWARD, especially when you consider how long they could have been jailed if we actually had cops and judges who were intelligent enough to see these killings as manslaughter, which they are.

  • William Lawson

    High visibility clothing would not have saved this poor girl in the face of a functionally oblivious Chinatown bus driver. The lighting is perfectly adequate in Manhattan for a driver to see everyone on the road ahead of him. If he doesn’t give a shit, he’s going to be running over people regardless of how brightly they dress.

  • Ishamgirl

    I love when the police are blamed for this.

  • What was the bus company name ?

  • William Lawson

    “NYC Style Limo.” Good look finding any online reference to them which includes the logo that was seen on the side of that bus in the news reports. They’re just another impossibly shady Chinatown bus company who make a profit by hiring imbeciles at a low wage, then telling them to haul ass from A to B as if their lives depended on it. I truly hope the parents of this poor girl take them to court and sue every last penny out of them until they go out of business. It’s the only way we’re ever going to see a change, because the NYPD, the courts and the politicians whose job it is to protect us from this BS are completely 100% AWOL on the issue.

  • HamTech87

    All the high-viz clothing, flashlights, glow sticks, etc. in the world won’t do squat if the driver is not exercising due care by looking where he or she is driving. Too much distracted driving, with motorists looking at infotainment and smart phone screens instead of ahead.

  • Worth noting that NYCDOT does not test drivers fitness or company history of crashes before granting curbside permits. A shame if you ask me…

  • Rider

    No one’s blaming the police for this particular incident. But the police set the tone for the whole community. When they don’t strictly enforce traffic laws, as is often the case in NYC, drivers are less careful, and more crashes happen.

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