Carol Bell, a 70-year-old woman who lived at a women’s shelter in Brooklyn, New York, met her end on Nov. 3 when a city bus driver reportedly hit her and then continued driving.
According to police who reviewed surveillance footage, bus driver Paul Roper stopped after hitting Bell, but then resumed driving, the New York Times reported.
Witnesses told the New York Daily News that Bell’s death was disturbing and that she was attempting to cross the street with her walker.
“She was cut in half ... definitely in half,” Ramon Garcia said. “I tried to help her, but she was too bloody. There was a lot of blood.”
Garcia was stunned that Roper, a 15-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, didn’t stop.
“He just kept on going,” Garcia said. “He never realized what had happened. It’s a big machine. I guess you don’t feel something like that.”
Mario Abreu, the owner of Abreu’s Grocery Store, remembered Bell as a regular with a preference for Mike and Ike candy.
“She was one of the best [at the shelter],” Abreu said. “She was clean and nice and polite. She was one of the best there.”
Roper was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield and failure to exercise due care.