BENSONHURST, NY- PIX11.com* reports that a bus driver for MTA is suspected of fatally striking an 81-year-old female pedestrian in Brooklyn. The accident took place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018,at about 8 p.m.
The victim was identified as Qing Yu Chen. Chen was crossing Bay Parkway in the crosswalk when a westbound MTA bus driving on Stillwell turned right and hit her. While initial police reports stated that Chen was 75-years-old and was outside of a crosswalk when she was struck, updated information indicates that she was actually 81-years-old and was in the crosswalk when the accident took place.
Chen was transported to a local hospital where she was reportedly in critical condition because of head trauma. Chen died at the hospital.
The MTA driver, Audley Smith, 62, was arrested on charges of “failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.”
The MTA has been accused of hiding the number and type of accidents that they are involved in. The nypost.com reports that MTA buses were involved in 21,823 crashes within 31 months. The number isa tally of MTA accidents between 2015 and 2018. The total averages out to about 23 accidents every day, although the numbers do not include information about which accidents were the fault of MTA drivers. The MTA only released numbers about their crash records after being threatened with legal action.
Reportedly, MTA drivers who are involved in crashes do not call the police, but instead,report the accidents to MTA. MTA then immediately sends out a team to start gathering information to defend against a lawsuit “before the injured victim is even loaded into an ambulance.”
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