Two Pedestrians Are Fatally Struck by City Buses

City buses struck and killed two pedestrians within 24 hours in Queens and Manhattan, the police said.

In the first collision, a 22-year-old woman was at the intersection of Union Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday when a Q44 bus traveling south on Union made a wide right turn onto westbound Northern Boulevard. The woman, Meilan Jin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver told investigators she did not realize she had struck the woman and no charges were filed, the police said. The driver, whose name was not released, has been driving for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority since 2001 and was driving her regular route on a bus that was out of service, the authority said.

According to statistics kept by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, the intersection is one of the most dangerous in the city. Between 1995 and 2009, there were at least 23 accidents involving pedestrians at the intersection, one of them fatal.

In the second case, an M60 bus heading west on 125th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem at 1:15 a.m. Thursday struck a 25-year-old man who was crossing 125th. The man, Willie Gonzalez, died at St. Luke’s Hospital. No charges were filed against the driver in that case, either, the police said.

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