MTA Bus Driver Arrested After Woman Killed Crossing Brooklyn Street

An MTA bus driver was arrested on a charge of failure to yield to a pedestrian in the death of a woman in Brooklyn last week, authorities say.

The death of Eleonora Shulkina, 62, was the latest in a recent series of fatal accidents in which pedestrians have been struck by MTA buses making left turns in the city.

Shulkina was crossing East 17th Street from the east side to the west side last Monday when MTA bus B36 made a left turn from Avenue Z and hit her at about 6 p.m., police said.

She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The bus driver, 52-year-old Wayne Alman, stayed at the scene. The MTA had no comment on his arrest Monday and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

A series of recent fatal MTA bus accidents involving drivers making left turns has renewed discussion over how to mitigate blind spots for drivers. Last month, a 59-year-old woman was struck and killed by a Q23 bus while trying to cross Kessel Street near 71st Avenue in Forest Hills, Queens, and a 70-year-old woman was struck and killed by a B15 bus in East New York, Brooklyn.

A third woman was struck and killed by an MTA bus in Midwood last month, but the bus was not making a turn at the time. The 41-year-old Ruhksana Khan was crossing Ocean Avenue just steps from her home to pick up her 9-year-old son when she was hit by the BM1 bus on Nov. 25.

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