BROOKLYN (PIX11/AP) — A New York City bus struck and killed a man on a Brooklyn street this week, and the bus driver has been arrested, police said.
Police said Wednesday 57-year-old driver Reginald Prescott was arrested on a charge of failing to yield. His lawyer’s name was not immediately available.
The crash happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday in the in East Flatbush area.
Police said the bus was making a turn from Farragut Road onto New York Avenue when it hit 78-year-old Jean Bonne-Annee, who died at the scene.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Prescott has been a bus driver since 2007 and is being held out of service during the investigation.
His charge, failing to yield, is now a misdemeanor under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, meant to curb and ideally eradicate traffic deaths.
If convicted, the driver faces up to 15 days behind bars and/or a fine up to $50, according to Vision Zero legislation recently enacted.
The New York Post reported that Prescott’s colleagues and union representatives were so outraged by his arrest, they briefly refused to hit the roads.
The outlet reported that there were delays up to 20 minutes at some Brooklyn depots, according to a union official. The MTA said there were no significant delays.