Woman, 73, hit and killed by school bus in Ozone Park, Queens


OZONE PARK, QUEENS – A woman died after being hit by a school bus at a street corner in Queens on Friday morning, WNBC reported.

The victim was identified as 73-year-old Maria Rodriguez, a resident of the Bronx.  The accident happened in the vicinity of 107th Avenue and 86th Street in the Ozone Park neighborhood at about 7:30 a.m.

Neighbors said Rodriguez had just dropped her three grandchildren off at school when she was struck by the bus.  One witness said it happened as the bus driver, a 47-year-old woman, was making a left turn at the intersection.  Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene.  Four children on board the school bus at the time were not injured.

The bus driver remained at the scene after the crash and was subsequently arrested.  She was charged with failure to yield and failure to exercise due care.

Rodriguez had been staying with her daughter in Queens at the time of the incident, which remains under investigation by the NYPD.

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