According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip. In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrians killed in traffic collisions in the United States. In addition to the fatalities, nearly 129,000 pedestrians were treated at hospitals for injuries sustained in traffic accidents. Most at risk are adults who are 65 years of age and over, accounting for 20% of all pedestrian deaths in 2016. One in every five children under the age of 15 who were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians the same year.
CBS Local New York reports that a 10-year-old was struck and killed by a school bus in Brooklyn.
The accident occurred early Tuesday morning as the child was walking to school at the intersection of Crescent Street and Wortman Avenue. The child stepped into the crosswalk and was struck by the bus.
The bus driver, 62-year-old Pedro Colon has been charged with two counts of failure to yield to a pedestrian and two counts of failure to exercise due care.
The child was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. She was walking with her brother to the school they attended, Achievement First Charter School. She was 10 years old.
Her sibling suffered from minor injuries in the accident. There were no students on the bus at the time of the accident.