First MTA Bus Driver Killed in NYC Crash in 14 Years

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times
February 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus driver William Pena, 49, was killed in a crash in Greenwich Village Wednesday morning when a stolen truck driver collided into his bus near W. 14th Street and 7th Avenue. 

Pena, of Hillside, N.J., had been operating a bus since 1996. He was the first MTA bus driver to die in a crash in 14 years, according to MTA.

He was driving eastbound on the M14D route when the truck collided into his bus and Pena was ejected from the vehicle and crushed underneath, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

MTA  chairman Tom Prendergast said the truck driver should be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The truck hit a three-wheel scooter and an occupied cab, which hit a coffee cart vendor. 

The injured parties were taken Beth Israel Medical Center.