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Senior run over by school bus and killed

City DOT says it will re-evaluate the location following the fatal crash

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:31 pm, Thu Nov 21, 2019.

An 83-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a school bus while walking with his wife last Wednesday morning in Middle Village, according to police.

Bing Nuan Chen was hit at the intersection of 67th Drive and 73rd Place at approximately 8:35 a.m. The yellow school bus had been traveling southbound on 73rd Place when it made a left turn onto 67th Drive and struck him as he crossed north to south at the corner of 67th Drive.

Responding officers discovered Chen, who lived on 74th Street in Middle Village, unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to the body. EMS responded and transported him to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, where he was pronounced dead. The 56-year-old female bus driver remained at the scene.

There have been no arrests made and the investigation is ongoing by the New York City Police Department’s Highway Patrol Collision Investigation Squad.

“The bus driver came in and struck him and crushed his head,” the Daily News quoted witness Sokol Kara as saying. “There was blood all over. He was under the back [tires] ... I think he was decapitated. [His] wife was crying with a napkin in her hand. She couldn’t do anything.”

The Daily News also spoke to Michael Patano, who said the victim, “was like part of the block. He helped my neighbor grow tomatoes. He was the ultimate sweet man. He didn’t deserve to die like that.”

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) visited the scene of the crash.

“I’ve been calling for a traffic study of 73 Place and the surrounding area for more than a year and the [Department of Transportation] has not come up with any solutions yet,” Holden said in a Facebook post. “We don’t even have traffic markings on the road or a crosswalk at this particular intersection. A full investigation is underway but it seems that simple traffic safety measures could have been performed there for quite some time.”

The DOT has studied the location and surrounding intersections for speed humps, stop signs and traffic signals multiple times over the years and didn’t find them feasible, according to a spokesman.

“We currently have an active request for a stop sign at 73rd Place and 68th Road, and we will re-evaluate 67th Drive and 73rd Place for any feasible safety enhancements — as we do following any fatality,” the spokesman told the Chronicle in an email.

Holden said the victim was a business owner.

“Just a heartbreaking situation all around and I send my condolences to the family during this difficult time,” he posted.

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1 comment:

  • mediawatcher posted at 6:32 pm on Thu, Nov 14, 2019.

    mediawatcher Posts: 19

    Any bus driver who decapitates a pedestrian should be charged with murder.