Bus Driver Accused Of Negligent Homicide
February 24th, 2012|
February 24, 2012
A 60-year-old bus driver from Yardville, New Jersey, was in an upstate New York courtroom this week facing charges related to a bus crash that occurred two years ago. According to reports from The Sacramento Bee, the accident happened on September 11, 2010, along the Onondaga Lake Parkway.
Testimony from the courtroom says that the driver and his passengers ended up on the road because a vehicle was blocking the bus’s normal route. The driver was updating information in his GPS when the bus plowed into a low-hanging overpass. Four passengers died as a result of the accident.
The driver was charged with four counts of criminally negligent homicide for his part in the crash and chose a non-jury trial, which began Monday.
Defense attorneys for the driver stated during his opening arguments that blame for the crash should be put on railroad and Onondaga County officials, since they chose not to make changes to the overpass after accidents happened prior to the events in question.
The bus driver faces up to 16 years in prison, four years for each count, if convicted on all charges.
The New York bus accident attorneys with William Mattar Injury Lawyers know that bus drivers operate under strict regulations in order to prevent accidents like this from occurring. If a driver breaks any of these rules and an accident results, the driver runs the risk of facing both criminal and civil penalties.