Bus fatally strikes woman in Financial District, driver arrested

A 58-year-old woman was killed Friday when an MTA bus struck her at rush hour in the Financial District — and dragged her for several blocks, police said.

The Queens-bound express bus only came to a stop on Trinity Pl. and Exchange Alley at about 5:45 p.m. after someone banged on the door to tell the driver that a person was pinned under a rear wheel, cops and witnesses said.

The victim had been nearly a half mile south, on Whitehall St. near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, when the bus hit her, police said.

First responders pried her loose from the bus’ rear wheel on the driver's side, but she could not be saved.

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The MTA driver, identified by police as Roger Weckworth, 63, stayed on the scene. He was later arrested and charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Witnesses said the victim's body was mangled beyond recognition.

“At first I thought it was just a pile of clothes," said Benjamin Layton, a Coach Bus dispatcher who helped the MTA driver dislodge the victim.

"People said there was something under the bus. And I looked, I did see something under the bus," Layton added. "I didn't know it was a body."

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Kinaya Reeves, 43, said that when she stepped off the bus and looked down, she saw "an arm with a bracelet" lodged under the wheel.

Some witnesses were in disbelief at first, thinking the grisly scene might be a joke.

“They kept saying it was a prank,” said Sobeida Cortorreal. “I said it doesn’t look like a prank, it looks human.”

Authorities had not released the victim's name early Saturday.

The bus, a QM7, runs from downtown Manhattan to Fresh Meadows, Queens.

With Aidan McLaughlin

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