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Philadelphia Man Killed In Tour Bus Accident In New York City

NEW YORK (AP) – Police say a Florida man driving a tour bus in New York City ran over a pedestrian and was charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter.

The 29-year-old man was found unconscious and severely injured underneath a tour bus in Manhattan just before 10 p.m. Saturday. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died.

Police say the bus was carrying passengers, but none was injured. It was not immediately clear where the bus was coming from or headed.

A preliminary investigation shows that the bus was on West 47th Street and making a turn onto 9th Avenue when it struck the victim. He was identified as Timothy White of Philadelphia.

Fifty-seven-year-old Steve Drappel of West Palm Beach, Fla., was arrested and charged. No information on an attorney was available.

Robin Rieger reports…

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  • Caroline

    I was there that evening Timothy was hit. We were parked on the corner of 47th and 9th, Funny that same bus passed us as we were parked and was so close he nearly took us with him who knew seconds later he was gonna hit a person. We heard screaming and police coming from all directions we ran out the car to only see Timothy’s body covered in blood and his leg ripped open, It was the worst thing I have ever seen. My heart just broke. We left and my whole mood changed all I could think about was him and I just hoped he would pull threw it. I even thought about him threw that night and planned to call the hospital to check on him and to even visit, But next Morning my girlfriend tells me he died. My heart sank and my day was ruined. I am a mother myself and I do not know what I would of done. I hope justice is served for Timothy.. Such a young life taken away from a dirt bag who didn’t think of anyone but himself.. I hope they put out tougher laws.. May his soul RIP and my condolences to the White family.

  • Commercial Driver

    The bus driver is charged with DWI as well as vehicular manslaughter. In order to be charged with DWI he had to be tested. He is absolutely unworthy of his commercial license and passenger endorsement. He should be found guilty and given the maximum sentence with no parole.
    As a commercial driver I do not drink for at least 12 hours prior to a trip, My passengers and the public around me are more important than a little high.

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