Pedestrian Killed By Hit-and-Run School Bus Driver in the Bronx

Photo: Franz Golhen
Photo: Franz Golhen

A Bronx woman was fatally struck by a school bus driver, who fled the crash site in the Castle Hill section before cops arrived, police said.

According to preliminary reports, the 68-year-old woman, whose name was not immediately released, was crossing Havemeyer Street on Story Avenue at around 9:48 a.m. when she was hit by the driver as he or she headed south on two-way Havemeyer. The intersection has stop signs in all vehicular directions.

A video posted by the New York Post shows the bus driver had stopped at the intersection, but too close to the crosswalk. The driver waited for a truck to pass through the intersection on Story Avenue before he or she started moving. By then, the pedestrian, who had been crossing in the opposite direction of car traffic, was directly in front of the bus. It is unclear if the driver saw her, but he ran over her and did not stop.

The woman was taken to Jacobi Hospital, where she died. The driver fled and remains at large, cops said.

Police could not say if the school bus was serving a public or private school. The crash site is three blocks from PS 138 and near several Catholic and charter schools.

Since January 2015, there have been 13 crashes on the five blocks of Havemeyer south of the Bruckner Expressway resulting in 17 injuries, all but one of them to drivers.

Thursday’s death is likely to draw renewed attention to the NYPD’s poor performance in catching hit-and-run drivers of late. There are now five road deaths that remain unsolved by cops since late last year.

Activists are not impressed.

“NYPD has a tremendous responsibility to thoroughly and quickly seek justice when the egregious act of leaving a victim behind is committed,” said Marco Conner, interim co-director of Transportation Alternatives. “Time and again we see traffic violence being treated by the NYPD as a lesser form of violence simply because the inadvertent weapon is not a knife or a gun. This has to change. Police in NYC can play a key role in changing the culture of reckless driving, and they need to start treating traffic violence as the violence that it is.”

  • John A.

    Texting.

  • AnoNYC

    These kind of buses should be banned in NYC. Those engine blocks completely obstruct the view of the crosswalk, and they are too large for city streets.

  • William Lawson

    I”m surprised the NYPD haven’t offered the driver their customary “it’s possible the driver was completely unaware they’d hit someone” defense. Could it be possible that it’s finally gotten through to their thick skulls just how wretched and despicable it makes them look?

  • inline_four

    What kind of bus are you referring to by “these kind of buses”?

  • inline_four

    What about it?

  • Alex

    My first guess, the bus driver was only looking at his/her left for any more trucks coming from where the first truck came from, and didnt bother even checking his/her right before going.

  • Joe R.

    They don’t have backup cameras because frankly, these look like the same buses the schools were using when I was a kid. They’re probably 40 or 50 years old. I don’t know why school buses can’t just be regular transit buses, perhaps with no back door. They’re way more comfortable than those noisy, nausea-inducing rattle-trap school buses from the 1960s or or 1970s. Every time we had a class trip where we didn’t take the subway, I would just stay home from school. Didn’t like puking my brains out on the bus.

  • Joe R.
  • AMH

    Oddly I dreamt last night that I was a passenger on one of these barreling down a street and scattering pedestrians left and right. It’s been ages since I’ve been inside one but they’re pretty terrible whether you’re inside or out.

  • Joe R.

    When I was a kid I used to think riding on the school bus was one of the ways teachers punished students. One of the seven steps to hell has to be riding in a school bus for all eternity.

  • inline_four

    What do you mean by “probably”?

    This is not the type of bus in the video.

  • AnoNYC

    Large engine in front blocking view.

  • inline_four

    What do you mean by “they”? There are backup camera systems available for school bus fleets. Please note that the incident in this case did not involve backing up.

    How do you know how old school buses in NYC are? From a bit of general research, I see that most operators keep full size buses in service for about 12 years or 250K miles and shorter life spans for smaller buses, like the one involved in the incident. I encourage you to reach out to http://nyc-schoolbus.com/about/ to get specifics for NYC.

  • inline_four

    There was no obstruction of view in this incident.

  • Joe R.

    Other than the buses with the flat front, which certainly are newer, the school buses look the same as the school buses they had when I was a kid, so I’m assuming they’re very old. If they’re newer, I frankly find it incredible the designs haven’t changed in half a century or more. It’s not like the original school bus designs were so wonderful that they’re timeless. They suck, in every single way, from a driver and a passenger standpoint.

  • SBDriver

    NYC does not purchase school buses. School buses are contracted from private companies.

  • inline_four

    The bus you’re referring to is not the type of bus involved in the incident. It’s not as old as you said. And if it’s the designs and not the vehicles, the designs HAVE changed over the years, you just don’t seem to know or care. You seem to be full of conjecture, but low on facts.

  • Joe R.

    https://external-preview.redd.it/9nZ9Yn1_y-omK5wPnvUKcoZbBm7LRGx93Fh1f1FzyM4.jpg?width=960&crop=smart&auto=webp&s=bf8f9a8162ce2c778145c51a1ed98f326b96b28d

    That picture has a 1960s model (and I still see quite a few of those) compared to a 2012 model. Not a whole lot of differences.

    Why don’t they look more like this now?

    https://jcblblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/sch.png?w=900

    Transit buses have changed enormously over the last half century. School buses seem to be stuck in the 1960s (and that’s being charitable).

  • AnoNYC

    Poor visibility likely played a part in this collision and has in others. Even if the driver was distracted momentarily, because of the victim’s height and the location of the engine block, it is possible to not see the pedestrian.

    A cab over design is preferable in a place like NYC.

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