(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) — A public bus swerved to avoid a pedestrian and instead crashed into a house in Hempstead, N.Y., killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring his 7-year-old brother as the two were getting into bed, according to the Nassau County Police Department.
Around 9:30 p.m., the unidentified 50-year-old driver of a Nassau Inter County Express Bus, sounded his horn several times to warn a jaywalking pedestrian in the path of the bus.
“The bus driver sees the pedestrian. Blows his horn three times as a warning. The pedestrian keeps walking towards the moving bus who is travelling at the proper rate of speed with the green light,” said Kenneth Lack, Nassau County Police Inspector. The bus veered right but still hit the pedestrian, Nassau County Police said. It then mounted a curb and slammed into a multi-family home, killing 6-year-old David Granados.
David was closing his bedroom door when the bus struck. His brother was already in bed.
David was struck by debris and pinned against the wall. He was extricated by firefighters and taken to Winthrop University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later, according to a statement from the Nassau County Police Department.
The boy’s brother, who was not named, sustained minor injuries to his arms and was taken to a local hospital, police said.
The pedestrian, identified only as a 35-year-old man, was treated at a hospital, police said. His condition was not known, however the man has been interviewed by detectives, ABC News affiliate WABC reported.
Eight of the 11 passengers on the bus were taken to various hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Authorities believe the crash is not a criminal matter, but said they will continue to investigate.
A statement from the Nassau Inter County Express bus system (NICE) said its employees are cooperating with police and have dedicated a team to investigating the crash.
The bus was impounded for brake and safety checks and will be inspected by the Public Transportation Safety Board.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire