People sometimes suffer serious, but not life-threatening injuries after car accidents. Sometimes they even walk away. This is not usually true of bus accidents, as a Brooklyn husband learned on Friday under tragic circumstancesw.
A Canarsie man who watched his 47-year-old wife die after she was hit by a bus says that the bus driver went through a stop sign. The man, who had driven his wife to the stop where she caught the B103 express bus to Manhattan, watched as she got out of the car and crossed the street.
“The white charter bus made the left from Avenue K onto 105th St., and didn’t stop at the stop sign,” her husband said. I had my window down, looking. He just turned and hit her.” The woman died underneath the bus before emergency responders arrived. Passengers on the bus were uninjured.
Investigators have found no evidence that the driver violated any traffic laws. However, the woman’s husband said that the driver cowered inside the bus, just like people do when they know they have done something. According to the husband, the driver just stayed in the bus and didn’t get out to see what had happened. A witness reported that she had to knock on the bus door to get the driver’s attention and find out whether he was OK. Nevertheless, police say that they do not expect to charge the driver, although the investigation is ongoing.
The charter bus company is Rides Unlimited, based in Hauppauge. No one there responded to requests for a comment.
The woman who died is the mother of two adult sons who reportedly called her mother every day.
Source: Daily News, “A kiss before dying: Canarsie woman killed in early morning crash,” Jan. 25, 2013.