Bus Driver Charged Over Fatal Crash Of 10-Year-Old Girl In Brooklyn

Kimberly Dole
February 26, 2020 - 8:12 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Charges have been filed against the driver of a school bus that fatally struck a 10-year-old girl in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning.

The bus driver, Pedro Colon, has been charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care in the crash that killed Patience Albert.

Officials say the girl was crossing a street near Crescent Street and Wortman Avenue in East New York at approximately 6:40 a.m. when she was hit by the bus as it was making a right turn.

The child was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Patience was a student at the Achievement First Charter School, where administration say they are devastated and heartbroken.

"We’re devastated and heartbroken to learn that an AF student has passed away," a tweet said. "Our students & staff are receiving counseling support from across our network & the NYC DOE as we deal with this awful news. She will be deeply missed by all of us, and our hearts are with her family."

A spokesman for the bus company voiced condolences to the family, and said they are cooperating with police.

A 15 year old boy, also hit by that turning bus, has a leg injury.

According to Transportion Alternatives, the girl is the fourth pedestrian killed in the last 48 hours across the city. 

They say more needs to be done to protect pedestrians.

"This crash could have been prevented," stated Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Danny Harris. "This crash is not simply a failure of judgment on the part of the driver; it is a failure of leadership on the part of elected officials who accept tragedies like these as the price we pay for mobility."

The investigation remains ongoing.