Drunk Driver Kills Pedestrian Waiting for a Bronx Bus: Cops

Photo: Dave Colon
Photo: Dave Colon

A reckless drunk driver on a badly designed road hit two pedestrians, killing one, on a Bronx street on Sunday, cops revealed on Wednesday.

Police say Francisco Rosario, 29, was drunk or high at around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday when he “swerved” on Jerome Avenue, mounted the curb, and struck two pedestrians waiting at the corner of Bainbridge Avenue for a bus. One of the pedestrians, Natasha Mar, 33 of Brooklyn, died the next day at St. Barnabas Hospital. The other pedestrian is in stable condition.

Rosario, who lives nearby, was charged with assault, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic device, driving while ability impaired and for refusal to take a breath test, cops said.

The bus stop in question, near the MTA’s Woodlawn station, offers no protection for long-suffering transit riders, who gather in an open plaza. Motorists often speed down Jerome Avenue and there have been prior crashes as drivers miscalculate the left turn onto Bainbridge.

Last year alone, there were 32 crashes at that one corner, injuring 10 people.

The charges against Rosario stand in stark contrast to the lack of charges against the driver who, cops said, ran a red light and killed cyclist Jose Alzorriz on Coney Island Avenue on Sunday. That investigation in ongoing, but video of the crash shows recklessness and failure to obey a traffic control device, too — yet there have been no charges.

The fatal crash in the Bronx comes one week after another Bronx pedestrian was killed on the Grand Concourse, as Gothamist reported. Pedestrian deaths, cyclists deaths and, in fact, all road deaths, are up by double-digit percentages this year.

  • crazytrainmatt

    That area is at the tip of the residential Bronx and the road is a desolate blend of Deegan offramp and hospital/commuter parking lot. It is also a huge gap for cyclists, since the highways, Van Cortlandt, the cemetery, and the hills leave no good north/south routes. It is a prime candidate for a road diet and a nice two-way protected bike lane along the entire eastern park edge.

  • BronxEE2000

    No need for a road diet on Jerome.

  • GuestBx

    In the meantime the city should add speed cameras to Jerome Avenue just north of the station.

  • MotoBX

    There is one south of that location (213 & Jerome if my memory is correct), probably right at the 1/4 mile border to the nearest school. No schools to cover the area north of Bainbridge ave.

  • GuestBx

    Bronx Dance Academy/M.S. 308 is midblock between 213th and the northern edge of the 4 train platform. A camera on Jerome north of the station is possible under current regulations.

    You have a lot of drivers speeding coming from points north along the cemetery/park and a southbound camera could be a reminder to slow it down as you are enter a pedestrian heavy area.

  • MotoBX

    Somehow that didn’t come up when I searched “school” directly over Woodlawn. Yes, you could put a camera just north of the plant service road.

  • GuestBx

    Most of NYC is within a 1/4 of a school. They just need to drop that language and enable the city to just place them where necessary already.

    Also, 24/7.

  • MotoBX

    Well, that would use up political capital and rile up those who dislike speed cameras. They can still hide under the premise that these are related to school zones.

    Politicians are cowards, especially NY politicians. It’s explains the “evolution” of BdB’s positions, now Johnson is doing double talk. It’s why congestion pricing will just be an expensive sham. NY politicians are so afraid that they left the decision making to a board, and that board can’t announce the decision until AFTER the election. It’s a chicken move because they lack confidence in their convictions.

    The hilarious thing about CP is that I’m sure when all is said and done, NJ drivers in SUVs will get away with paying nothing while I’ll likely end up paying full price on my 300lb motorcycle. Only a NY bill could treat drivers from out of state better than its own residents.

  • GuestBx

    You’re right it’s not worth the political effort since the coverage is good. What’s more important is boosting the number of cameras and increasing hours of operation.

    A motorcycle discount is likely for congestion pricing considering it’s already in effect at existing crossings like the Qns-Midtown Tunnel and BK-Battery.

    And NY already has an agreement with several states about suspending the license of those who don’t pay the tolls. NJ is one of them of course.

  • MotoBX

    RE: NJ I wasn’t talking about non-payment, I’m talking about the full discount on CP because “they already pay a toll”.

  • HamTech87

    This area also includes stops for Westchester County’s Bee Line Bus. Riders transfer between bus and subway.

  • Joe R.

    Well, that would use up political capital and rile up those who dislike speed cameras.

    That’s the real reason we have to tread carefully with speed cameras. A lot of us would like them virtually everywhere operating 24/7. However, realistically that’s not happening. In fact, if we try to expand the program too much we’ll get backlash, and NYS could well follow suit with other states that made speed and red light cameras illegal. That will deprive us of an important tool, even if it must be used sparingly.

  • Kimberly Kohl

    Don’t these people have a conscience. The lack of moral regard when it comes to a person life and their attitude is appalling as if the ran over a tennis ball.!! THESE ARE MOTHERS , FATHERS.SISTERS BROTHERS THEY ARE LIVED AND WILL BE MISSED DEARLY. Think before u get behind the wheel it could be y who hits to rock e who is important in someone else life. THINK TWICE TAKE A UBER DRINKING AND DRIVING EQUALS DEATH

  • Joe R.

    Sad to say a lot of them don’t. Look at the lawsuit against the bike lane on CPW:

    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2019/08/09/exclusive-madison-lydens-mom-to-central-park-west-bike-lane-foes-shame-on-you/

    These people value convenience and car parking over lives.

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