KEY POINTS

  • A 10-year-old girl was fatally struck by a school bus while crossing a street early Tuesday
  • Patience Heaven Albert was with her teenage brother when a school bus turning right onto Worton hit and killed her
  • She was rushed to Brooklyn University Hospital where she later died
  • The school bus' driver, Pedro Colon, was arrested and charged

A 10-year-old was killed after she was struck by an incoming school bus while crossing the street early Tuesday.

The victim, which was later identified as Patience Heaven Albert, was crossing a street in an East New York neighborhood around 6:30 a.m. when a school bus making a right turn onto Wortman hit the Achievement First charter school fourth grader, authorities told MSN.

Patience was with her teenage brother when the incident happened. She was brought to Brooklyn University Hospital where she later died.

Her brother was taken from the scene by medical responders “alert and conscious,” the outlet added.

school bus A school bus drives down a street in Manhattan's East Village on Jan. 15, 2013 in New York City. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Family friend Stephanie Lappost recalled that she saw Patience on the floor as they were walking towards the school.

“All I saw was them working on her, they were performing CPR and stuff and I knew it was bad. You know, the bus is huge and she's tiny,” Lappost told MSN.

She also said that she saw Patience's mother “on the floor crying” together with her family.

The bus that hit Patience remained at the scene while the driver, Pedro Colon, was arrested and charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, according to NBC New York.

There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the incident.

Residents of the area said the intersection is “notoriously unsafe” for pedestrians. One witness even expressed her dismay and said that “just because black and brown people live here doesn't mean we don't deserve traffic lights.”

Another questioned why their neighborhood doesn't have speed bumps and just stop signs “that nobody is going to respect.”

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Mayor Bill de Blasio extended their condolences to Patience's family, while New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for safer streets especially around schools.