2001-05-19 / Front Page

Boy Killed In Bus Accident

Boy Killed In Bus Accident

By Gary G. Toms

On Wednesday, May 16, Rockaway residents looked on in horror as the body of a 4-year old boy was crushed underneath the wheels of an N32 bus, which runs between Queens and Nassau.

The boy, identified as Wahaid Afghani, was inside the Best Price Discount Store located on Beach 26 Street, in Far Rockaway, with his father and uncle. As the two men unloaded a shipment of new merchandise, the young boy darted out the front of the store and into the path of the oncoming bus.

A number of bystanders valiantly tried to dislodge the boy’s body from the wheels of the bus, but they were not successful in their attempts.

The bus driver, Pantelis Kapsalis, 61, was described as extremely distraught over the incident. Witnesses stated that he cried uncontrollably and apologized repeatedly to the members of the boy’s family.

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