MTA bus driver arrested after hitting, seriously injuring cancer patient on Manhattan street - Khanimov

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Aurora Beauchamp is in critical condition.

Cops arrested an MTA bus driver after he mowed down a 61-year-old cancer patient on the Lower East Side, officials said Tuesday.

Eduard Khanimov plowed his M14 bus into Aurora Beauchamp in a crosswalk on E. Houston St. at Ave. D about 9 p.m. Monday, cops said.

Beauchamp was crossing on a green light when she was struck, dragged and pinned, cops said.

The victim suffered a broken sternum, broken ribs, a broken hip, a broken pelvis and internal bleeding.

She was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. Her condition was upgraded to serious but stable Tuesday, officials said.

Beauchamp, who was visiting from Florida and has been fighting cancerous tumors around her lungs, heart and kidneys, was returning to her mother-in-law’s apartment after buying eggs.

“She normally would take the bus,” her daughter Natalie Rizzo, 37, told the Daily News. “I don’t know what possessed her to walk.”

Beauchamp was pinned under the city bus on Monday night.

Witness Juan Santana said he tried to pry Beauchamp free after watching the bus slam into her.

“She was asking for help and wanted the bus off of her but they told (her) that they couldn't,” said Santana, 22. “I just really wanted to help her and her family out as quick as I can.”

Rescue workers had to lift the bus to pull her out from under it, Rizzo said.

“My mom had no ID on her, just a cell phone and cash,” Rizzo said. “But she was conscious enough to tell someone to go get my aunt.”

The 41-year-old Khanimov, who was briefly hospitalized, was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian.

He was issued a desk appearance ticket and is due in court May 18.

The MTA bus struck the woman while she was crossing the street at E. Houston and Avenue D on Monday night. 

The driver, who will be kept from operating a bus until the investigation is completed, couldn’t be reached for comment.

TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen blamed traffic signals that direct pedestrians and drivers of 75-foot vehicles to enter crosswalks at the same time.

“It's a recipe for serious disasters like this, and bus operators should not be treated like common criminals when this flawed traffic system produces an accident,” Samuelsen said.

Beauchamp and her husband, a retired federal correction officer, run a cleaning service in Florida. She was diagnosed with cancer in December, treated with chemotherapy, and underwent a hysterectomy at the end of January, relatives said. “This all happened within a couple months,” her daughter said.

A 73-year-old woman was killed under eerily similar circumstances at the same intersection last October. Anna Colon was crushed beneath the rear wheels of a city bus as it turned off Avenue D onto E. Houston St.

“Obviously something needs to be done because a woman just died in the same location the same way,” Rizzo said Tuesday.  

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