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Cops: Bus driver who killed pedestrian has clean record

The driver of a Nassau County bus that New York City police said struck and killed a woman in Queens on Saturday had no earlier blemishes on his bus driving record, but he has been placed on administrative leave while the crash is investigated, a spokesman for the Nassau Inter-County Express, or NICE, said Sunday.

NICE did not identify the driver, but said he drove a bus for the MTA from 2002 until January, when he began working for NICE.

The bus fatally struck the pedestrian -- a 54-year-old woman New York City police and NICE officials did not identify by name Sunday -- about 7 p.m. Saturday in Jamaica as she came into contact with the rear side of the vehicle, authorities said.

The bus was turning left from Hillside Avenue onto Merrick Boulevard, authorities said.

"NICE officials offer their heartfelt sympathy to family members over this tragedy," NICE said in a statement Sunday.

Police said they suspected no criminality in the accident.

The 40-foot bus, which was operating on the N6 line, has been taken offline to be further examined, NICE spokesman Andy Kraus said.

The driver underwent a drug and alcohol test, but results were not yet available Sunday, Kraus said.

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