But we know what hit him: a Bronx Nº 1 bus.
The cab pulled over near a bus stop at the corner of W. 231st St. and Kingsbridge Ave. and let the desperate passenger out just as a BX1 bus drove up behind them, cops said.
“He saw the cab driver open up the door,” said Frank Austin, Transport Workers Union Local 100 official, referring to the bus driver.
The MTA driver veered into the westbound lane to avoid Inoa, who bent over to vomit and then suddenly staggered out into the street and was struck by the right side of the bus, officials said.
“Next thing he knows, somebody was screaming at him to stop the bus,” Austin said, referring to the MTA driver.
Inoa, who was struck by the bus’ rear right wheel, died at the scene.
Inoa was just a year out of college, and working for the Nickelodeon TV network. He chose to celebrate a promotion by drinking himself into insensibility, and with his senses dulled by such quantities of Judgment Juice that his very organism rebelled, rejecting the fluid, stumbled drunkenly into the traffic lanes for a rendezvous with death.
Tragic? Yes. Stupid? That, too. Many deaths of young people are both.
You know, if we banned buses this wouldn’t happen (we’d say, “if we banned alcohol,” but that’s been done). If it just saves one life…?
Kevin was a former Special Forces weapons man (MOS 18B, before the 18 series, 11B with Skill Qualification Indicator of S). His focus was on weapons: their history, effects and employment. He started WeaponsMan.com in 2011 and operated it until he passed away in 2017. His work is being preserved here at the request of his family.