New York City Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit by Alleged Drunk Bus Driver

Posted on May 27, 2011

An L&L Travel tour bus was returning from New York City to Newark on Saturday night May 7, 2011 when a tragic accident occurred. According to reports of the accident, 29-year-old Timothy White was crossing 9th Avenue when he was hit by the bus as it was turning onto 9th Avenue from 47th Street.

It is alleged that the driver of the bus, 57-year-old Steve Drappel, was drunk at the time of the crash. According to law enforcement officials, Mr. Drappel failed two breath tests and vodka was found in his possession while the accident was being investigated. He faces drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter charges.

At this time, it is believed that Mr. White got hit by the back of the bus and was caught under its rear wheels as the bus driver continued to operate the vehicle. The driver was alerted to the problem by another pedestrian. Mr. White was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

There were no reports of injury to the driver or to the 40 passengers on board the bus at the time of the fatal accident.

We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Timothy White following this fatal New York bus accident.

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