Last December, Jean Bonne-Annee was crossing a road in Brooklyn, when he was struck and killed by a New York City MTA bus making a left turn. The driver, Reginal Prescott, was arrested and charged with violating the Right of Way Law. The Right of Way Law was introduced last August in New York as part of the Zero Vision initiative to reduce personal injuries and deaths related to traffic accidents in New York City. After several bus drivers were arrested for violating this law, the Transport Workers Union, TWU Local 100, got angry at the City Council. The union is currently lobbying for MTA bus drivers to be excluded from the law (see article in Transportation Nation).
Reginald Prescott was supposed to appear yesterday in front of the Broolyn Criminal Court but his arraignment was cancelled. The spokeswoman for Brooklyn prosecutors only said that the case was still under investigation however Peter Donohue of the Daily News is questioning whether the District Attorney Ken Thompson may bow to pressure frrom the bus drivers’union and dismiss the case. Read more in the New York Daily News and in Streetblog