MIDWOOD, Brooklyn — A 15-year-old girl is dead, and an investigation was underway Monday, after the teen was run over by a school bus that was apparently full of children.

Antonina Zatulovska was fatally struck just before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Avenue P in Midwood. Police, who described the incident as a hit-and-run, spent Monday afternoon and evening interviewing the driver, who later turned himself in, according to law enforcement sources. Aleksandr Patlakh, 55, was later charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to use due care.

Officers found the 15-year-old girl lying in the road. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police and fire officials said.

Michael Aryeh lives right on the corner where it happened, and saw the scene when the police showed up, minutes later. He said that it’s possible that the driver didn’t see the girl.  

“I don’t know what to say. Fifteen years old, what can I say — really horrible,” Aryeh said.  “She’s really small.”

He did say, though, that the driver very well may have realized that he’d hit something.

“The weird thing was he slowed down after he hit her, which is kind of shaky,” Aryeh said. “The way he, like, slowed down.  He didn’t come to a complete stop,” Aryeh continued. “Either way he should have come out to see if anything happened. But he didn’t.” 

The scene was in an intersection in front of the campus of Madison High School. The Dept. of Education did not respond to a request for comment.  People in the neighborhood told PIX11 News that the girl may have been going to the school when she was hit and killed. Sources told PIX11 News that there were activities at the school on Monday morning, despite it being a holiday.  

Meanwhile, some neighbors say that a traffic camera or some other technology  would be helpful at the intersection. They said the area is potentially dangerous, as proven by Monday’s tragedy.

“A lot of people drive pretty crazy here,” Aryeh said, pointing to the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Avenue P.  “Not necessarily on Bedford, but on Avenue P, and this guy was going down Avenue P.”