NY Pinay struck and killed by bus

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 19, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A New York Filipino woman was fatally struck by a city bus she had just stepped off of as she crossed Astoria boulevard and 80th street in Elmhurst, NY on Wednesday of last week.

Melania Ward of Astoria, NY was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital. She was laid to rest at the Flushing Cemetery last Monday.

New York Daily News reported that the bus driver has not been charged as the investigation continued Thursday.

According to Streetsblog NYC, the NYPD did not apply charges against the driver under a new Vision Zero law. The law is intended to punish drivers for hurting and killing people but the NYPD is not enforcing it.

In a phone conversation, Ward’s aunt told Balitang America that the family is planning to take legal action, but cannot say anything further than that at this time.

Ward, a Cotabato, Mindanao native, studied optometry at the Centro Escolar University in Manila.

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  • Kuya
    19 September 2014 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    NYC bus drivers are protected by the law but most of them are abusing the protection. The driver should be charged for killing a pedestrian. Being in the right side of law does not give you the license to kill people who are accidentally in the wrong side of the rules.