Friday, May 27

School bus driver arrested for allegedly running over 15-year-old in Brooklyn

Authorities said the suspect did not turn himself in, and had to be tracked down to be taken into custody.

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A Brooklyn school bus driver was arrested and charged with hitting a 15-year-old girl. who ended up dying in an accident on Monday morning.

Police arrested Aleksandr Patlakh, a 55-year-old man, who was charged with failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing and not taking due care.

The victim, who was identified as 15-year-old Antonina Zatulovska, had the right-of-way and was in the crosswalk when she was struck.

The authorities pointed out that the suspect did not turn himself in, as he had to be tracked down and later arrested, but the police speculate that Patlakh did not know that he had run over the minor.

The bus Patlakh was driving was transporting children to a nearby Jewish school, as classes are still open for private schools. The incident occurred around 8:00 a.m.

“I heard the screams and then I started to go down this side,” a witness told reporters. ABC7NY. “People started activating 911 and emergency services, and in 10 seconds I already saw some of the ambulance companies and some of the private volunteers responded immediately“.

Meanwhile, Danny Harris, CEO of Transportation Alternatives, issued a statement regretting the incident and sympathizing with Zatulovska’s relatives.

“We are heartbroken and angry. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the teenage girl who was killed outside a school in Sheepshead Bay this morning,” Harris said.

He suggested that the city should redesign its streets and work to reduce the number of vehicles on city streets.

“We must do it now so that no family has to face the horror of burying a child who simply wanted to cross a street in front of a New York City school,” Harris said.

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