MTA bus driver facing charges in crash that killed Staten Island pedestrian


STATEN ISLAND, NY – Police have announced the arrest of a bus driver in connection with the death of a pedestrian on Staten Island last month, the Staten Island Advance reported.

The accident happened May 13 in the area of Forest Hill Road and Platinum Avenue at about 4:30 a.m. Investigators said 52-year-old Darrell Sweet was driving a 2015 MTA express bus on Forest Hill Road when he turned left onto Platinum Avenue and struck a pedestrian who was crossing at the intersection.

The victim, identified as 69-year-old Patrick Varriale of New Springfield, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver did not stay at the scene and kept going north on Platinum Avenue, according to police.

The NYPD said Sweet has been arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting n death, and failure to exercise due care.

A source quoted in the report said Sweet, a Brooklyn resident, has been withheld from duty without pay pending a pre-disciplinary suspension.

Frank Annicaro, acting president of the MTA Bus Company and senior vice president of New York City Transit Department of Buses, released a statement that said “What happened was tragic, we cooperated fully with the NYPD investigation and will have no further comment as the justice system does its work,”

Sweet was released on his own recognizance following his arraignment on Tuesday and is due back in court August 4.

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