Police: MTA bus driver fatally hit 70-year-old woman in Bed-Stuy then drove off

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Police arrested a bus driver who they say hit and killed an elderly woman in Bedford-Stuyvesant early on Tuesday morning before fleeing the scene.

Seventy-year-old Carol Bell, who lived in a Brownsville women’s shelter, was crossing Fulton Street on Sackman Street at around 6:14 am when a driver allegedly plowed into her with a Metropolitan Transit Authority B51 bus — which was not in service at the time — as he turned right onto Fulton Street from Sackman Street, cops said.

The driver then allegedly drove away from the accident, authorities said.

Emergency medical responders pronounced Bell dead at the scene, according to a police report.

Police later caught up with the suspect and charged him for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to yield to a pedestrian, cops said.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Posted 3:25 pm, November 4, 2015
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Zero Vision from Vision Zero says:
This is one of those crazy intersections with no crosswalk on Fulton and no traffic control other than one stop sign for traffic in three directions. There are so many streets like this that need all way stop signs or lights. Since Atlantic has undergone changes there is more traffic on Fulton. And considering there is a playground and park right there hopefully the DOT will get it right.
Nov. 4, 2015, 11:26 am
The Phantom from Bay Ridge says:
Every intersection does not need all way stop signs or lights. It would be highly undesirable to have them at all intersections, even busy ones.

The bus driver would have had no problem seeing the woman, who was right in front of him, in the daylight hours. No new stop signs or lights would likely have changed this story, at all.
Nov. 5, 2015, 12:48 pm

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