Cops: Bus Drove 80 Miles After Killing Elderly Woman

Witnesses say her body was run over by multiple cars
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Cops: Bus Drove 80 Miles After Killing Elderly Woman

Police say the tour bus that hit and killed an 84-year-old woman Thursday night in Queens kept driving for more than 80 miles before police eventually stopped it in Connecticut, the New York Daily News reports. Agalia Gounaris was crossing the street when she was clipped by the bus and went under its wheel. A witness tells NBC New York three or four cars ran over Gounaris' body after she had been hit by the bus. “I stopped right there, right next to it because it looked very dangerous and then I see that it was a person,” a witness tells CBS New York. “I couldn’t believe cars were actually trying to go over the body. It’s incredible.” Police say it's unclear whether the bus driver knew he had hit someone.

Police identified the bus as belonging to Skyliner Tours and used the company's GPS to track it to Connecticut, where it was headed to a casino, the Daily News reports. Authorities fear heavy rain and the long distance driven by the bus have erased any evidence of the accident. According to NBC, the 56-year-old bus driver was brought back to New York for questioning, but no charges have been filed. Police are examining the bus and looking for witnesses, CBS reports. Gounaris was the third pedestrian killed by a bus in New York City this week. (More pedestrian stories.)

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