He claims he never saw her.
75-year-old Carol Bell, using a walker, was crossing Fulton Street near Sackman Street in Ocean Hill at 6:15 a.m. when the driver of a Brooklyn MTA city bus mowed her down. Witnesses say it cut her in half.
The driver, 48-year-old Paul Roper, was turning left when he ran into her, killing her. He then returned to the bus depot, never reporting the incident.
â€œHe just kept on going,â€ Ramon Garcia, a witness said. â€œHe never realized what had happened. Itâ€™s a big machine. I guess you donâ€™t feel something like that.â€
Witnesses say, and surveillance video of the incident shows, that Mr. Roper stopped briefly, but then kept going.
â€œShe was cut in half â€¦ definitely in half,â€ Garcia said. â€œI tried to help her but she was too bloody. There was a lot of blood.â€
According to officials, roughly three hours later, the bus was back out on its route and picking up passengers, about seven miles from the scene of the grisly tragedy.
Roper, a 15-year veteran of the MTA, faces up to seven years in prison after being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to yield to a pedestrian and exercise due care.
The victimâ€™s daughter, 51-year-old Alisa Bell, was told by witnesses that Roper, driving a 30,000-pound vehicle, probably thought heâ€™d hit a bag of garbage.
â€œI donâ€™t have a mother! How does he feel?â€ she said. â€œShe was a woman on a walker. How could he mistake her for garbage? Itâ€™s a homicide. I want him to go away for life.â€
Everything hinges on the prosecutors now.