Girl, 10, fatally struck by bus in Brooklyn, driver arrested: 'This crash could have been prevented'

Kimberly Dole
February 25, 2020 - 7:59 am
Patience Albert, 10

Patience Albert's family

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The driver of a bus that fatally struck a 10-year-old girl in Brooklyn Tuesday morning was arrested several hours later, police said. 

Officials charged 61-year-old Pedro Colon with failure to yield to pedestrians and failure to exercise due care.

Police later identified the girl as Patience Albert. She was walking with her 15-year-old brother when she was hit.

Patience was crossing a street near Crescent Street and Wortman Avenue in the East New York section at about 6:45 a.m. when she was hit by a bus as it was turning right, officials said.

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Patience was transported to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

"She was just ten years old," Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. "No family should have to suffer something like this."

Officials say there were no passengers inside of the school bus.

"This is devastating, and my heart goes out to the family and school community," New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said in a statement. "We are providing all support necessary during this difficult time. The driver has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation."

Danny Harris, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, said, "This crash could have been prevented. At present, New York City has built and continues to invest in a transportation system that prioritizes moving traffic instead of protecting human life. This crash is not simply a failure of judgment on the part of the driver; it is a failure of leadership on the part of elected officials who accept tragedies like these as the price we pay for mobility."

He continued, "We know what it takes to prevent these deaths, but our leaders have slow-rolled the cure. Mayor de Blasio says he wants to save our city, but he will fail if he is unable to protect the most vulnerable among us. Mr. Mayor, please: save our children."

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