Paul Roper Pleads Not Guilty

Back in the beginning of November, I blogged about the horrific accident that saw Carol Bell killed by a NYC Transit bus.

I had opined about how I was very curious as to the investigation results as the preliminary report had me questioning how the driver could not have known he hit someone. A mere few days later, the driver was not only identified (as 48 year old Paul Roper) but arrested for the incident.

Fast forward to yesterday when Mr. Roper’s attorney pleaded not guilty on his behalf yesterday. Christina Carrega Woodby of the New York Daily News has more:

The MTA bus driver accused of leaving the scene of an accident without reporting that he ran over an elderly disabled woman pleaded not guilty to all charges on Thursday.

Paul Roper was indicted in Brooklyn Supreme Court for leaving the scene of an accident without reporting serious physical injury or death and other charges.

Roper’s attorney Clifford Levin entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf.

Roper, who is out on $25,000 bail, hit Bell with the B15 bus, paused for less than five seconds and then drove away, records show.

His next court date is March 23.

Click here for the complete report.

I am still very curious to hear his explanation of how he did not notice he hit a human being or what came into his mind if he thought he struck anyone or thing at all?

While I am sure Mr. Roper did not intend to run over & kill anyone, I don’t see his not guilty plea holding up especially with surveillance of the gory incident existing.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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