April 22, 2009 by esarsea
From the “WTF” desk comes this news story from Philadelphia, PA.
A Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) bus, serving Philadephia’s Route 47, struck and injured a 61 year old man last September at the corner of 8th Street and Girard Avenue. The man, Milton Boneta, was in a wheelchair at the time and received a broken foot in the accident.
Last week, this time in a motorized wheelchair, Milton Boneta was struck and killed at the same intersection.
Again, by a Route 47 SEPTA bus.
According to Philly.com, “Based on the reactions of witnesses and the grisly scene, there was no chance he could have survived this accident.
Zakia Gillyard, 26, was standing in front of the Citgo gas station on North 8th Street seconds before Boneta was killed.
‘He was in the street, about two feet from the corner. We saw the bus, and we told him to get out the street,’ she said. ‘I guess he thought he had enough time. The bus turned real fast and hit him. His chair was caught on the front of the bus, but then he went under, Gillyard said, while firefighters hosed off the blood-stained pavement.
Gina Doherty, 27, who was waiting for a trolly on Girard Avenue, said she started screaming when the accident unfolded like a scene from a horror film.
‘I saw the man’s body come out from under the back of the bus. I called 9-1-1 and ran over there,’ Doherty said.
Patricia McBride, a friend, arrived at the intersection in disbelief. ‘Not Milton!’ she cried, as Doherty and other witnesses tried to explain the tragedy.
‘He was up and down here [Girard Avenue] all the time. Nobody bothered him,’ she said. ‘It’s the second time a bus hit him! He was just trying to live his life like everybody else.’
McBride said Boneta lived in an apartment on Franklin Street near Poplar. A stroke confined him to a wheelchair years ago.
‘He had a daughter and a granddaughter. He was a nice man,’ she said. ‘How could this happen?'”