School bus hits and kills girl in Brooklyn; driver charged

The driver of a school bus that hit and killed a 10-year-old girl in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning has been arrested.

The bus was making a right turn at the intersection of Wortman Avenue and Crescent Street in East New York at about 6:45 a.m. when it struck Patience Albert, 10, and a 15-year-old boy, according to the NYPD. 

EMS rushed the children to Brookdale Hospital. Patience, who was in critical condition, died. The boy was treated for a leg injury, police said.

The bus driver, Pedro Colon, 61, of Queens, stayed at the scene, police said.

Authorities charged Colon with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. Police released him on a desk appearance ticket.

This story has been updated to indicate that the victim was a girl. The initial reports from the scene that it was a boy were incorrect.


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