What should have been a normal bus ride to school turned into a nightmare here for a 10-year-old boy whose family says he's lucky to be alive. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.
10-year-old Tyreek Gomez needs surgery and a skin graft for his broken leg. He's being treated at Richmond University Hospital after being dragged several feet by a city bus, the S78 on Staten Island he takes to school every morning.
"He stepped one foot on the bus and they closed the door," said Tiresha Boyd, Gomez's mother. "And he started banging on the door and calling to the bus driver, 'My leg is in the bus. Open the door!' The bus driver never looked, never stopped. He just drove off."
A witness named Mary, who lives near the stop at Tompkins Avenue and Broad Street, saw it all unfold just before 7 a.m.
"This kid is knocking on the door because the bus driver closed the door on him and he's banging on the door," she said. "The bus driver just kept pulling off, and I see him limping all of a sudden. I said, 'Are you alright?' And he was like, 'No, I'm hurt, I'm hurt!' I ran around the corner to get my husband, and I told my husband what happened, and we both ran back, and this poor kid had a slit in his leg."
The woman's husband stayed with Tyreek until medics arrived. His mother has been at his bedside all day.
"He never made it to school. He was looking forward to that last day of festivities, the last day of school. He never made it," Boyd said. "All I keep remembering my son saying is, 'I thought I was going to die, I thought I was going to die.'"
The MTA said they are investigating. They said they looked at surveillance tapes in the area and said they didn't see anything unusual.