2016-11-23 / Front Page

Corona Mom Struck By Bus

By Liz Goff
A 45-year-old Corona woman remains in critical but stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center this week, recovering from a horrific accident at a troubled local intersection, authorities said.

The woman was pushing her 3-year-old daughter in a stroller across 46th Avenue at 111th Street in Corona at about 8:30 a.m. on November 15, when she was struck and seriously injured by a Q-23 bus, police said.

Cops said the bus was traveling south on 111th Street in a heavy downpour when it made a right onto 46th Avenue. Eyewitnesses said the front passenger side tire on the bus lipped the woman as she ran across the busy intersection, briefly pinning her under its front wheels. One of the wheels crushed the woman’s left leg, missing the child in the stroller, a police source said.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where doctors repaired her shattered leg, a law enforcement source said. “She’s going to make it, but she has a long recovery ahead of her,” the source said.

The city previously designated 111th Street from Corona Avenue to 37th Avenue a priority corridor under Mayor Bill deBlasio’s Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, saying the troubled strip needs increased traffic safety measures. Department of Transportation officials last month launched a plan to remove a traffic lane, add a bike lane and expand curbs along 111th Street, near Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, authorities said.

“This strip has to be redesigned to make it safer for people who are trying to cross it,” Javier Ruiz, 37, said. Ruiz, a local native, said the strip needs new pedestrian safety measures to help prevent accidents. “The city has to make the streets safer, and find a way for buses to turn more safety,” Ruiz said. “Bus drivers are only human, they don’t know when someone is going to run in front of them to cross a street.”




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