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Woman Fatally Struck by City Bus on Northern Boulevard in Queens

By DNAinfo Staff on February 22, 2012 9:14am  | Updated on February 22, 2012 4:47pm

By Nicholas Rizzi and Wil Cruz

DNAinfo Staff

QUEENS — A young woman was struck and killed by a city bus early Wednesday in Flushing, officials said.

Meilan Jin, 22, of Flushing, was hit by a Q44 bus about 8 a.m. at Northern Boulevard and Union Street, fire and police officials said.

"It's always dangerous here," said Julio Guambana, 40, an Astoria resident who works near the accident. 

Witness Fahid Ghalem, 54, said the woman was carrying shopping bags and talking on her cell phone when she was struck.

Jin was pronounced dead by the time cops arrived at 8:15 a.m. 

"The bus operator was not aware that she hit anybody and kept going," a transit spokeswoman said.

She added that the NYPD was interviewing the driver, and that city transit officials also were waiting to talk to her.

Police said no criminality is suspected in the case.