An MTA express bus struck and killed a woman in Midwood, Brooklyn, on Wednesday evening.
Rukhsana Khan, a 41-year-old mother of six, was headed to pick up her son from a babysitter across the street from her home when an MTA express bus on Ocean Avenue struck and killed her, the New York Daily News reported, adding that the collision left Khan lifeless in the street as bystanders rushed to her aid before she was transported to New York Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“The lady was in the middle of the street crossing,” said William Bizaldi, 64, who was quoted by the Daily News. “I heard like a boom, and she looked like a plastic doll when she got hit.”
Surveillance video showed Khan trying to cross Ocean Avenue in the middle of the block in an apparent effort to beat the bus, ABC 7 reported.
Onlookers at the scene worried about how often they see speeding on this stretch of Ocean Avenue, ABC added.
"They’re always speeding. There are no speeding cameras in this area. We do not feel safe," Luqman Liuqa was quoted by ABC.
The driver of the BM1 bus, which was headed south on a route from Midtown to Mill Basin, remained on the scene, police said to the Daily News, which added that the NYPD did not suspect any criminality but were investigating late Wednesday.
This death came just days after a 10-day NYPD crackdown on reckless drivers across the city, the Daily News reported, stating that the ramped up enforcement is part of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities with increased enforcement as well as reduced speed limits.
This is now the fourth pedestrian to be hit by an MTA bus this month, according to ABC.