MTA Bus Driver Arrested After Hitting Pedestrian on East Houston Street

An MTA bus driver was arrested after striking a pedestrian last night on East Houston Street at Avenue D. The incident happened in front of the Baruch Houses at about 9 p.m.

The 61-year-old victim was walking south in the crosswalk when the M14D bus began turning onto East Houston and apparently skidded. According to the Daily News, a good Samaritan tried to help free the woman from under the bus. “She was asking for help and wanted the bus off of her but they told (her) that they couldn’t,” Juan Santana told the News. “I just really wanted to help her and her family out as quick as I can.”

Members of NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit eventually rescued the woman. Her leg was broken and she suffered skin abrasions but it looks like she’ll be all right. She was transported to Bellevue Hospital.

The 41-year-old driver, Eduard Khanimov, was briefly hospitalized for trauma and later arrested for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m. The woman has been identified as Aurora Beauchamp, a cancer patient who lives in Florida. According to the Daily News, she was returning to her mother-in-law’s apartment after running an errand. Relatives said Beauchamp suffered a broken sternum, broken ribs, a broken hip, a broken pelvis and internal bleeding. The woman was diagnosed with cancer in December and underwent a hysterectomy in the past few weeks.