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Tour Bus Runs Over Pedestrian In Midtown; Driver Faces DWI

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police say a Florida man driving a tour bus in New York City ran over a pedestrian and was charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck spoke to an eyewitness


Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, police discovered 29-year-old Timothy White, of Philadelphia, unconscious and severely injured underneath a Travel Lynx tour bus in Manhattan. White was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died.

Police say the bus was carrying passengers, but none was injured. It was not immediately clear where the bus was coming from or headed. Fifty-seven-year-old Steve Drappel of West Palm Beach, Fla., was arrested and charged.

“I saw him lying under the back wheel and he was moving, but then the cops made the bus driver move the bus back and then he died. They put a sheet over him,” Ashley Fishner, an eyewitness, said.

Fishner added that the victim was dragged 100 feet before the bus stopped.

“It was horrible. I’m visiting New York City. This is my fourth day here and this is the second death I’ve seen,” she said.

A preliminary investigation shows that the tour bus was on West 47th Street and making a turn onto 9th Avenue when it struck White, who was crossing the road.

Police didn’t have attorney information available for him.

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