Thursday, February 23, 2012

City Bus Kills Harlem Man Less Than A Day After Similar Accident In Queens

HARLEM — A city bus hit and killed a man in Harlem early Thursday, just hours after another MTA vehicle fatally struck a woman inQueens.

Willie Gonzalez, 25, of West 111th Street, was walking south on St. Nicholas Avenue when he was hit by an M60 bus moving west on 125th Street at 1:15 a.m., police and transit officials said.

Paramedics rushed him to St. Luke's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later, an MTA spokeswoman said.

The driver of the bus remained at the scene and has not been criminally charged.

On Wednesday, Meilan Jin, 22, died after a Q44 bus turned onto her as she crossed Northern Boulevard and Union Street in Flushing, Queens.

The driver of the bus left the scene, unaware she had hit anyone, police said. She was not charged.

Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the MTA, said the authority is conducting its own investigations into both accidents.

"These are two unfortunate incidents," he said.


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