A 73-year-old woman who had just dropped her three granddaughters at a Queens school was killed early Friday after she was struck by a passing school bus filled with children, police and relatives said.
The woman, identified by heartbroken relatives as Maria Rodriguez, was heading back to her family’s Ozone Park home at around 7:30 a.m. when the yellow school bus slammed into her near the corner of 107th Ave. and 86th St.
The doting grandmother stepped out into traffic and wasn’t in the crosswalk when the bus struck her, witnesses told police.
Rodriguez lived in the Bronx, but had been staying with relatives in Queens for the last two weeks, her heartbroken grandson Lesander De La Cruz told the Daily News.
“She was taking the kids to school, my three little sisters,” the stunned grandson said. “She was hit by a car, that’s all I was told.”
The senior died at the scene, cops said. Less than a dozen students, all under 12 years old, were on the bus, but no injuries were reported.
A 47-year-old woman driving the school bus was also uninjured.
The children were transferred to another bus and brought to their school as an investigation into the crash continued.
No arrests have been made.
Since his grandmother had come to visit, De La Cruz had tried to spend time with her, but work kept getting in the way.
“We’re always trying to make time for each other, as much as we can,” he said, his voice cracking with grief. “I just wanted to spend some time together.
“Then this…” he said solemnly.