Trainspotter 0 Posted July 3, 2008 Share #1 Posted July 3, 2008 Woman, 68, crushed by E. Side bus BY KRISTEN BROWN and ETHAN ROUEN DAILY NEWS WRITERS July 3rd 2008 [float=right] Lourdes Fernandez[/float]A 68-year-old woman running errands near her lower East Side apartment Wednesday was crushed by a city bus that continued on its route as the woman died in the street. Lourdes Fernandez usually went walking only with the help of a home care attendant, but yesterday afternoon braved a trip to the grocery alone to buy bread and cheese, neighbors said. As she crossed Madison St. on her way home about 1:45 p.m., she somehow fell under the rear wheels of the turning bus, witnesses said. The driver of the M22 bus was unaware he had hit Fernandez and drove on, stopping within sight of the accident to pick up passengers, police and witnesses said. Cops finally stopped the bus about a mile away, on Chambers St., long after Fernandez had died. The driver was not charged with a crime. "It's like the whole entire world has ended," said Fernandez's sobbing son, Robert Fernandez, who has lived with her since he was born. "You never think things are going to happen and when they do, you don't want to accept them." Neighbors said the plucky, friendly woman had had a spate of near-death experiences in the past year. She had survived being struck by a car in Santo Domingo. More recently, she was badly burned and lost part of her arm when her stove exploded. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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