Sunday, May 8, 2011

Boozed-up tour bus driver kills pedestrian in horrific Hell's Kitchen accident

A boozed-up tour bus driver was arrested after fatally mowing down a man in Midtown, cops said.

The 29-year-old victim was dragged for nearly 30 feet after being struck as the bus turned onto Ninth Ave. at W. 47th St. just before 10 p.m. Saturday, police and witnesses said.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died.

The 57-year-old driver, Steve Drappel, of West Palm Beach, Fla. was arrested after failing a Breathalyzer test.

He allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .08 which is twice the legal amount for commercial drivers, at .04, police said. Drappel was charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWI.

A number listed for Drappel was disconnected. On his Facebook page, he wrote under activities and interest: "I hate people who can't drive for s---."

Witnesses said it appeared that Drappel was not immediately aware that he had struck a pedestrian and had to be flagged down before he stopped.



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