A 7-year-old boy from Brownsville, Brooklyn, is dead after he was hit by an MTA bus in the Bronx on Saturday.
The boy, Shevone Bethea, was going down Webster Avenue near 184th Street at around 3:30 p.m. when a city bus ran into him, dragging him for almost a block, his family says.
The bus driver told authorities he didn’t realize he had hit the boy, the New York Daily News reported.
“The bus driver drove the kid to that corner underneath the bus. He didn’t even know,” Nesbit Otsaga, who said he is Shevone’s neighbor, told CBS New York. “Somebody stopped the bus, said, ‘Yo, sir, somebody’s under the bus, you hit a kid.’”
When police arrived, they said Shevone had severe body trauma. He was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The 38-year-old driver could be seen holding his head in his hands as he talked to investigators, CBS New York reported.
It’s not yet clear what happened. Shevon’s family told the Daily News that the bus had run a red light, but neither the MTA nor police sources corroborated that. An NYPD spokesperson said they were still investigating the incident.
The MTA declined to disclose the driver’s driving history or say how long he had been employed by the agency, the Daily News reported.
To make matter worse, Shevon’s brother, 10-year-old Dishawn, saw it all happen.
He told his family that the bus dragged his brother for at least a block before coming to a stop.
“He’s traumatized,” their mom told the Daily News. “He saw it, he watched him get hit. I have to deal with two sets of trauma.”
The bus was a BX41 headed toward the Hub on 149th Street.
The MTA told NBC New York that the passengers on the bus were not injured.
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