An eyewitness says a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian in a busy Upper East Side intersection | Upper East Site
An eyewitness says a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian in a busy Upper East Side intersection | Upper East Site

Speeding Hit-&-Run Driver Struck Woman, Then MTA Bus, on Busy UES Street: Police, Witnesses

The NYPD is investigating after a gruesome hit-and-run collision killed a woman crossing the street and shut down a busy Upper East Side intersection Thursday evening.

The pedestrian was struck on Third Avenue around 6:30 pm Thursday evening | Upper East Site
The pedestrian was struck on Third Avenue around 6:30 pm Thursday evening | Upper East Site

It was just around 6:00 pm when police say the woman, who was walking westbound across Third Avenue in the crosswalk, was struck by a dark-colored sedan, knocking her into another lane of traffic where she was then hit a second time by a MTA bus.

Witnesses said they heard the car slam into the victim, then speed away “like a race car.”

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A large pool of blood was seen in the center lane of Third Avenue roughly 30 feet north of the crosswalk, with half a block’s worth of intermittent skid marks — apparently from the anti-lock brakes on the MTA bus — trailing the gory scene. 

NYPD officers examine the scene of the collision on Third Avenue at East 96th Street | Upper East Site
NYPD officers examine the scene of the collision on Third Avenue at East 96th Street | Upper East Site

The victim was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, according to investigators, where she was pronounced dead from her injuries. Police have not yet released her name.

NYPD cruisers blocked off Third Avenue from traffic as officers used their flashlights to examine to the roadway, while cars and MTA buses including the M101, M102 and M103 were rerouted around the intersection to First Avenue.

A pool of blood could be seen in the center lane of Third Avenue | Upper East Site
A pool of blood could be seen in the center lane of Third Avenue | Upper East Site

This Upper East Side intersection is a particularly dangerous one. According to NYPD data, there have been 93 motor vehicle collisions at the corner of Third Avenue and East 96th Street reported to the police over the past five years, leaving a total of 32 people injured — a quarter of those victims are listed as pedestrians.

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Police say the MTA bus driver stayed on the scene after the deadly crash Thursday night, but the driver of the dark-colored sedan did not.

No arrests have been made and NYPD Highway Patrol’s Collision Investigation Squad continues to investigate the tragic crash.

If you witnessed the hit and run or have any information that could help police, you’re asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.

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  1. My heart goes out to her family and friends. It doesn’t say that she was crossing in the middle of the street, but a witness said that the car had a loud exhaust. I’m in Queens and there are too many of those kind of cars that sound more like motorcycles. They’re beyond noisy, disturbing, make my room shake when they go by and they’re always!! speeding on residential streets – whether main roads or side streets. They go through red lights and stop signs and are reckless and a danger to everybody!

  2. With history of sooo many accidents at this intersection plus no police action taken anywhere in NYC against maddening increasing speeding, resembling drag racing on city avenues and FDR – it seems unlikely anyone will look at evidence gathered by NYPD COLLISION INVEST SQUAD, except to say they DID investigate!

    • That’s what happens when the liberals support black lives matter and defund the police…we are now seeing the effects!!!

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