Elderly Pedestrian Dies After Being Hit By Bus, Follows Horror Week Of Pedestrian Accidents

It follows a week of horror accidents involving pedestrians across Sydney.

What you need to know
  • An elderly man has died after he was hit by a bus at Hornsby in Sydney's north
  • The man was crossing the road when he was hit and later died at the scene
  • So far this year 28 pedestrians have died on NSW roads

An elderly man has been hit and killed by a bus on Sydney's North Shore.

The man, who has not yet been formally identified, was struck while crossing Bridge Road in Hornsby, shortly before 1pm on Sunday.

Witnesses and paramedics rendered first aid, but sadly the man died at the scene.

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Witnesses were unable to save the elderly man.

It's understood there were no passengers on the bus when the incident occurred, and the driver has since undergone mandatory blood and alcohol testing, and is assisting police with their inquiries.

The Crash Investigation Unit has attended the scene as they investigate who was at fault.

horror week of pedestrian accidents

Sunday's fatal accident comes in a week of several horror crashes involving pedestrians, which has left police pleading with both drivers and pedestrians to remain vigilant on the roads.

On Saturday a 49-year-old man was hit after a driver allegedly failed to stop at a pedestrian crossing at Cronulla in Sydney's south.

The man was left with minor injuries to his right knee and foot.

A 35-year-old male has since been charged with high-range drink driving.

On Friday a 47-year-old woman was left in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by two cars in Sydney's east while she ran across a Maroubra road with her dog.

A 19-year-old who first hit the woman stopped to help her, after she was thrown into the opposite lane of traffic, before a second driver struck her again, dragging the woman some distance, before fleeing the scene.

It's believed police are still searching for the second driver.

"We're hoping that this driver will have a conscience and come forward and assist us with inquiries," Acting Inspector Naomi Earle said on Saturday.

On Thursday  a 20-year-old woman was critically injured in Sydney's west, when a driver ran a red light at Villawood, in what police described as a "horrific crime."

Police plead with road users

Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said this week's accidents highlight the risks on New South Wales roads.

"Drivers really need to be prepared for anything that eventuates on our roads," Brooks said.

So far this year 138 people have died on NSW roads, and police say 28 of those were pedestrians.

"That 28 is the second highest road user group, outside of drivers, that have died on our roads," Brooks said.

On Saturday Earle urged people to stop if they are involved in a collision.

"More likely you could be in more trouble than if you had stopped," she said.

"The collision could not be your fault, but by running away and not stopping and assisting police with their inquiries, you could come under more issues."

A brief will be prepared for the coroner over Sunday's fatal accident in Hornsby.