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Another Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Brooklyn

Another fatal pedestrian accident, this one involving a bus, took the life of a Brooklyn pedestrian over the weekend. The victim a 21-year-old woman, was crossing the street at Union and Meecker avenues around 1:30 AM on Saturday when she was struck by an MTA Q59 bus. The bus route runs from Rego Park, Queens and the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn.

The bus was making a left turn on westbound Meeker Avenue when it hit the pedestrian, who was walking south on Union Avenue and was in the intersection at the time of the accident. The victim was taken to Woodhull Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Her family later said she had been born at the same hospital.

According to relatives, the victim, who lived in Bushwick, was on her way to visit family in the Williamsburg neighborhood. She worked at Macy's in Manhattan selling shoes and was a nursing student at Hunter College. The driver of the bus, a 50-year old woman, was uninjured and remained at the scene. She has not been charged. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was investigating the fatal accident.

Apparently the victim had gone out with her cousin and some friends after work and was walking home with them. According to witnesses, they had the green light. The bus apparently "came out of nowhere," according to the victim's cousin.

The bus hit the victim on the left leg and then pulled her underneath. Passengers on the bus yelled at the driver to stop. Soon after the accident, another bus arrived and loaded the passengers to continue the route - even before rescue vehicles had arrived. It was not known whether the passengers were being interviewed as part of the investigation.

The intersection, which is near a ramp onto the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, was closed for five hours, reopening around 6 AM.

Source; dnaINFO, "Nursing Student, 21, Killed by MTA Bus in Williamsburg," Mar. 1, 2014.

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140301/williamsburg/williamsburg-woman-struck-killed-by-mta-bus

The bus was making a left turn on westbound Meeker Avenue when it hit the pedestrian, who was walking south on Union Avenue and was in the intersection at the time of the accident. The victim was taken to Woodhull Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Her family later said she had been born at the same hospital.

According to relatives, the victim, who lived in Bushwick, was on her way to visit family in the Williamsburg neighborhood. She worked at Macy's in Manhattan selling shoes and was a nursing student at Hunter College. The driver of the bus, a 50-year old woman, was uninjured and remained at the scene. She has not been charged. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was investigating the fatal accident.

Apparently the victim had gone out with her cousin and some friends after work and was walking home with them. According to witnesses, they had the green light. The bus apparently "came out of nowhere," according to the victim's cousin.

The bus hit the victim on the left leg and then pulled her underneath. Passengers on the bus yelled at the driver to stop. Soon after the accident, another bus arrived and loaded the passengers to continue the route - even before rescue vehicles had arrived. It was not known whether the passengers were being interviewed as part of the investigation.

The intersection, which is near a ramp onto the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, was closed for five hours, reopening around 6 AM.

Source; dnaINFO, "Nursing Student, 21, Killed by MTA Bus in Williamsburg," Mar. 1, 2014.