What to Know
- A 28-year-old woman was struck and killed by a charter bus in Lower Manhattan Thursday evening, police say
- The bus driver stayed on the scene and was later arrested and charged
- The victim was identified as Kimberly Greer, of Long Island
A charter bus struck and killed a 28-year-old woman in lower Manhattan Thursday evening, police say.
The victim, identified as Kimberly Greer of Long Island, was hit by the bus at Centre and Leonard at around 7:30 p.m., according to police.
Passenger Demetric Pringle said the bus had just made a left turn onto Leonard when it stopped, and the frantic driver rushed off the bus. He returned and pleaded Pringle to help.
"He was panicked," said Pringle. "Said 'I need 911.'"
Another passenger Gaelen Smith said they couldn't feel anything. The people on the bus had no idea a woman was laying pinned beneath the rear of the bus.
But a bystander outside told News 4 New York it was immediately a dire situation. Greer wasn't responsive when he frantically called for her to wake up or say something, he said.
Greer was taken to New York Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
"I was shocked," said Pringle. "This is somebody's mother, sister, daughter, waiting for her to come home, and she won't."
Greer was working in the area as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine Parker and taught at the Fordham University School of Law. Parker called Greer a "vibrant young woman with an excellent legal mind."
She graduated in a 2016 and married a classmate last month.
Passengers on board the bus, which is operated by NYC Style Limo, waited for another bus to continue their trip to Memphis.
The 50-year-old driver, identified as Xi Chen, of New York, was taken into police custody and later charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian, officials said..