70-year-old woman, Carol Bell was “cut in half” by an out-of-service bus that failed to stop, leaving her to die in the road. She was walking with the aid of a wheeled walker, crossing a road at about 6.15am yesterday in Brooklyn, New York. The driver, identified as Paul Roper, was making a turn when he hit her head on. Police later obtained CCTV footage which showed the bus stopping momentarily but then continuing on. With the help of CCTV footage, Police arrested Roper, a 15-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, on leaving the scene of the accident and other charges.
An eyewitness, Mr Garcia, 48, said he was stunned the driver failed to stop. “She was cut in half … definitely in half,” witness Ramon Garcia said. I tried to help her but she was too bloody. There was a lot of blood. He just kept on going, He never realised what had happened. It’s a big machine. I guess you don’t feel something like that.”
“This is a terrible tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to all family and friends,” Transit Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen said. We will closely follow the investigation, which is in a very early stage.”
There are no bus routes at the corner where Ms Bell was killed but out-of-service vehicles are permitted to take any route back to their depot.