On Thursday, the NYPD's Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (DCPI) confirmed to Gothamist that Manhattan resident Shelly Rudolph, 51, was issued a summons for Failure to Yield after she struck Ayse Ayaz, 43, inside a crosswalk at the corner of Nostrand and Avenue M in Midwood. Security footage of the incident shows Rudolph attempting to make a right turn and slamming into Ayaz, who became pinned under the bus.
On Friday Afternoon in Brooklyn on Nostrand Ave and Ave M. pic.twitter.com/ihyTbu2yQs
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Ayaz, who is an immigrant from Turkey and has three children, was rushed to King's County Hospital after the collision, and the Daily News reports she suffered four broken ribs, a broken collarbone, a broken leg, and a swollen bloody eye.
"I saw something coming fast, I tried to cross, but I had no chance at all," Ayaz told the tabloid.
"We literally heard like 'boom!' That's why we all ran out," witness Diana Riger told ABC last Friday. The network previously reported that both Rudolph and a passenger from the bus tried to help the woman in the moments after the crash.
Ayaz told the Post her injuries may keep her from walking for the next three months.
“When I opened my eyes in the emergency room, I don’t know how many hours later, I was so shocked that I was still alive,” she told the tabloid.
The NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad is not investigating the incident that put Ayaz in the hospital, under the rationale that her injuries were "not life-threatening." Attorney Steve Vaccaro characterized the collision as "a flagrant violation of the Right of Way Law and should be prosecuted as reckless endangerment and third degree assault as well."
"The victim was entirely blameless," Vaccaro argued. "From the driver's failure to brake or change course until two or more seconds after the impact, it seems highly likely that the driver was distracted by an electronic device. But if the NYPD CIS refuses to investigate the case, then the driver's phone and phone records will probably never be inspected."