Williamsburg, BROOKLYN (PIX11) — A Hunter College nursing student was crushed to death at around 1:30 Saturday morning by an MTA bus as she crossed a street in Williamsburg with two others to get some pizza.
21-year-old Marisol Martinez was enjoying a night out with her cousin Jose Gonzales and friend Jonathan Acosta. The three were crossing Meeker Avenue as the driver of a Q59 was making a left turn off of Union Avenue onto Meeker.
“We had the light to cross. The bus, I guess, floored it when it turned,” said Gonzales.
As the bus fast approached, the men made it to the other side, just barely. Marisol didn’t. Her left leg got clipped by the front of the bus, and she fell.
Acosta thought he had enough time to pull Marisol out from under the bus. But she was stuck, and he yelled for the 50-year-old bus driver to back up. She never did.
The young woman, who in addition to going to college for nursing, held down a job at Macy’s, was dead by the time she arrived at Woodhull Hospital.
The is the second pedestrian fatality in Williamsburg in less than a week. Last Sunday a rabbinical student was killed by a sanitation truck.
The Martinez family is aware of the mounting pedestrian deaths, and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to keep them from happening. Through her tears, Mrs. Martinez urged bus drivers in particular to be more careful.
“Please be careful. A lot of families lose family members. It is very hard,” she said.
“She was my inspiration,” said the victim’s sister Gissell Martinez.
Friends and relatives walked over to the spot where Marisol was killed, and made a shrine of flowers and candles in her memory.
“She had such a bright future. Why couldn’t it have been me,” an emotional Jonathan Acosta asked.
The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad continues their probe of the accident.