BAY RIDGE — A New Jersey driver with a 3-year-old girl in the back seat lost control of his SUV in Saturday afternoon, colliding with a city bus before fatally smashing into a utility pole.
The driver of the 2003 Chevy Trailblazer was identified by police as Adam Nicholson, 40, of Manalapan, N.J. Emergency responders pronounced him dead on the scene.
Police said that Nicholson had been headed southbound on Seventh Avenue in Bay Ridge when it appears he lost control of the vehicle around 2:28 p.m.
An MTA bus, a B70, was headed northbound, and had stopped at a traffic light on Seventh Avenue at the intersection of 92nd Street, said Dierdre Parker, a spokeswoman for the MTA.
The bus driver said he had swerved to avoid a head-on collision with the Trailblazer, which came through the intersection for unknown reasons. The Trailblazer first sideswiped the city bus, and then smashed into a utility pole, both on Nicholson's side.
Responders at the scene found the tiny rear passenger in the Trailblazer, a 3-year-old girl, unharmed in her child's seat, police said. No injuries were reported on the bus.
A police investigation is ongoing, but there is no criminality suspected at this time. A medical examiner's report had not been completed by Sunday afternoon.