An average day can turn into a life-changing day in just seconds. For one New York woman, her life ended suddenly after she left work earlier this week. The woman had just finished her shift as a makeup artist at Bergdorf Goodman in Midtown. After closing up for a co-worker who had left earlier, she headed home.
While she was walking across the street through heavy rain, an MTA bus hit her. She died in the accident and the bus driver remained at the scene of the collision. The driver of the bus has not been charged, but authorities are still investigating the accident. If it turns out that the driver was negligent, charges could potentially be filed.
Considering the circumstances of the crash, it seems like her death may have resulted from a combination of factors which made it difficult for the bus driver to see her crossing the street. It was dark and raining very hard-two factors which would make it difficult for the driver to notice a pedestrian.
This accident demonstrates how quickly one's life can change. The makeup artist's coworker explained that she had talked to her shortly before the accident. This woman had planned to move soon and was excited to start a new year. Even if the bus driver was not negligent and the collision was entirely accidental, this woman's life ended and her family and friends are now grieving.
One source reports that this woman sent money to her mother in the Dominican Republic every month. As a result of this accident, her mother may have difficulty getting by and also must face the loss of her daughter who was described as "young, vibrant and full of love." A person's death can impact many people, some of whom may want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit after this type of incident.
Source: New York Post, "Bergdorf Goodman worker struck and killed by MTA bus," Dana Sauchelli and Dan Macleod, Dec. 28, 2012