Riverdale activist, writer struck and killed by MTA bus

Ruth Mullen, center, an activist and writer from Riverdale was struck and killed by an MTA bus on Sept. 7, 2021.
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A well-known Democratic activist and writer from Riverdale was struck and killed by an MTA bus last Tuesday.
On Sept. 7, at 8:30 p.m., Ruth Mullen was struck by an MTA bus while crossing the street on Johnson Avenue. According to police, the bus was traveling south on Kappock Street and turning left onto Johnson Avenue when it hit Mullen. Mullen, 68, was pronounced dead at the scene. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the incident with calls to action for an intersection that many in the community had already considered a dangerous one.
Meanwhile, there has been an outpouring of support for Mullen and her family with elected officials expressing their condolences since her untimely passing. New York State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, who knew Mullen personally, released a lengthy statement calling Mullen a “firecracker in her own right” and always committed to advocating for progressive change.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Ruth Mullen, an important voice, ally, and friend in the Riverdale community,” Biaggi said. “I want to extend my most heartfelt condolences to Ruth’s husband Jim, daughters Lia and Maya, family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time. I had the privilege of knowing and working with Ruth, and will always remember her as a committed, intelligent, passionate, and kind human being. I will especially remember the incredible effort she put into ensuring that the New York State Senate was able to gain a true Democratic majority. Ruth’s energetic presence and spirit will be sorely missed. We will honor Ruth’s memory by continuing to speak out in the face of injustice, speak up when we are fighting for progressive change, and to always do what is right.”