Two women were killed early on Thursday morning in separate crashes in Brooklyn. One was struck by a private sanitation truck while the other was killed by an MTA bus.
The truck driver did not stop at the scene. Police closed off the intersection at Bay Parkway and 86th Street just after 4 a.m. as they searched for evidence.
The NYPD’s collision investigation team also spent hours reviewing footage from nearby cameras for clues.
Police say the victim, 67-year-old Deborah Mutell, was dragged by the truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, NYPD Deputy Chief Charles Scholl said these types of accidents were happening more often and he encouraged elderly pedestrians to be careful when crossing the street.
About five hours after that accident, an MTA bus hit another woman near Flatbush and Flatlands avenues. The driver of the B-41 bus stayed on the scene.
Police said it appeared that the woman missed her stop and the driver tried to pull the bus over. However, the woman forced open the front doors while the bus was in motion. She reportedly fell out of the bus and was run over by the rear wheels.
Police have not revealed the name of the victim, but they said she was in her 30s.
At least eight pedestrians have been killed in vehicular accidents across New York’s five boroughs since the start of the year.
The truck accident came just days after stakeholders met to discuss new initiatives to reduce the number of truck accidents.
City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez called for truck manufacturers to install sensors around the truck so drivers would be able to see pedestrians and cyclists especially when they make a turn.
Councilman Mark Treyger said he had been complaining about dangerous intersections in his district for years, but nothing was being done.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a crash, reach out to a Buffalo car accident lawyer.