Brooklyn, NY - Photographer Killed by Bus in Borough Park

Published on: May 26th, 2009 at 02:49 PM
By: NY Daily News

Brooklyn, NY - A photographer was struck and killed by a small school bus Tuesday after stepping into a Brooklyn street between two parked cars, police sources said.

Matthew Smolovich, 25, of Brooklyn, was in Borough Park about 10 a.m. when the mini bus barreled into him.

Police said the victim's father was at the scene in the aftermath of the fatal wreck.

The Hatzolah ambulance service rushed the photographer was from the 44th St. accident to Maimonides Medical Center where he died.

The 55-year-old bus driver, Arnold Schlez, remained at the scene. Police said its Accident Investigation Squad was investigating, but had not arrested anyone or issued any summonses.

None of the children on the bus - the oldest was only 3 years old - were injured.

Smolovich, who was carrying a Canon 5D with a 16X35 lense, was looking down when he crossed the street near 14th Ave., sources said. He was about 100 feet from the crosswalk when the bus crashed into him.

It wasn't immediately clear who Smolovich worked for.

You can view this article online at