2nd NYC Skater Killed in Less Than a Week
More tragic news comes out of New York City today, just 6 days after the death of a Queens teen while skateboarding home from school. 21-year old Genielle Laboriel was killed as she crossed the street at 160th Street on Melrose Avenue in the Bronx this morning, police and witnesses say.
Laboriel was skateboarding at 7:15 AM this morning on Melrose Avenue when a mini-school bus carrying children struck her while making a right hand turn on to 160th Street. One witness, 47-year-old Juanita Hernandez told the New York Post that she saw Laboriel first skateboarding on the sidewalk before moving into the cross walk, where she was hit by the mini-bus. News 12 in the Bronx, however, says that Laboriel was struck while traveling northbound in the bike lane on Melrose Avenue; we’re unable to independently confirm which is actually the case.
49-year-old Nelson McKinsey was returning home from a trip to the corner store when he heard Laboriel scream, by the time he looked up, he said, she was already under the bus. It was McKinsey who then ran up to his apartment to retrieve his phone and dialed 911. Laboriel was transported to nearby Lincoln Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
The driver of the bus remained on the scene and all the children were transported off the bus. No school children on board the bus were injured. Police say things are still under investigation, but that no charges have been brought against the driver yet. A nearby building’s security camera was able to capture the incident on camera, which police have taken as evidence in their investigation.
Sources linked above.