‘I'm sorry’: Bus driver says woman’s death was an accident
A bus driver who killed a 24-year-old woman after allegedly failing to stop at a red light near a bus interchange in Bondi Junction has declared the tragedy a terrible accident and apologised to the victim's family.
Michael Yammound, 41, was charged with dangerous driving offences after Mimi Feng was killed when his bus allegedly hit her near a pedestrian crossing on Grafton Street in Bondi Junction on Wednesday morning.
Flanked by two friends and smoking a cigarette outside his Padstow home, a distressed Mr Yammouni told The Daily Telegraph he did not mean to hit the woman.
"It was an accident. There was no motive … I'm sorry," he said.
When asked whether Ms Feng stepped in front of the bus, Mr Yammouni said "I don't know" and that his memory of the event was still a blur.
A witness who saw the aftermath of the crash described the scene as "a terrible sight," saying his friend had been driving home when he saw a bus with its emergency lights on, and the body of a woman in a pool of blood behind it.
The security guard pulled over to resuscitate the woman before police arrived, but she was declared dead when paramedics arrived.
Ms Feng was a former student at North Sydney Girls High School, where she also later worked.
Images of Mr Yammouni from the aftermath of the crash show him noticeably distressed, with a witness saying he had his face clutched in his palms as he was wheeled away in a police van.
"The bus driver was not far away and he was distraught, pacing back and forth," they said.
Mr Yammouni was described as a "nice guy" by neighbours, who said he would wave at locals as he drove into his street.
A witness, who did not wish to be named, said the area where Ms Feng was hit was notoriously dangerous for pedestrians, with a 12-year-old suffering leg injuries at an intersection nearby a week ago.
Mr Yammound will appear at Waverley Local Court next year after being charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, driving in a dangerous manner, negligent driving and not stopping at a red light.
'TERRIBLE SIGHT': BUS DRIVER CHARGED OVER BONDI DEATH
A bus driver has been charged with dangerous driving offences after a 24-year-old woman was hit and killed by his vehicle yesterday.
The 41-year-old will front Waverley Local Court next year after being charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, driving in a dangerous manner, negligent driving and not stopping at a red light.
The woman, aged 24, was hit by the 8159 bus as it travelled along Grafton St near a bus interchange outside the busy shopping centre around 10.15am on Wednesday.
A security guard had just finished his shift and was driving home in his red Holden when he saw the bus with its emergency lights on, and the body of a blonde woman in a pool of blood behind the bus.
The man pulled over to try to resuscitate the woman before police arrived on scene, but she was declared dead when paramedics arrived.
A friend of the guard said his friend was "traumatised" after the incident but had done everything he could to try to save the young woman.
"It was a terrible sight. She had been knocked over. My friend saw a bus with its hazard lights on and jumped out when he saw her," he said.
"The bus driver was not far away and he was distraught, pacing back and forth."
The man, who did not wish to be named, said the area was notoriously dangerous for pedestrians, with a 12-year-old suffering leg injuries at an intersection nearby just a week ago.
"That corner can be dangerous as people are very focused on their phones. Every few weeks police wait for people to speed," he said.
A man who works at a cafe metres from where the accident occurred said he heard a crash "and then looked and saw a policeman attempting CPR but they couldn't bring her back."
He said office workers from the building above saw what had happened.
The intersection at Grafton and Grosvenor Street was closed for most of Wednesday morning as police collected evidence from the scene of the crash.
NSW Police Inspector Steve Monaghan said the bus driver was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing. Investigations are continuing.
Originally published as 'Im sorry': Bus driver says woman's death was an accident