Hudy Muldrow, Sr., the New Jersey driver allegedly responsible for the crash between his school bus and a dump truck that killed a teacher and a student, has been charged with two counts of reckless vehicular homicide, even as seat belt efforts are renewed.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended adding collision avoidance systems and lap-shoulder seat belts to all new large school buses during a meeting held to examine the causes of two fatal 2016 school bus crashes, one in Baltimore, Md. and the other in Chattanooga, Tenn.
UPDATE — JUNE 8 — On May 31, the USA Today Network reported that the New Jersey Department of Education “told the Paramus schools superintendent in December that a school bus driver involved in a fatal crash was ineligible to drive and asked her to acknowledge that the district would comply with that determination, documents show.”
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission also confirmed that the bus driver’s license was suspended 14 times in past years, with the most recent suspension occurring in Dec. 2017. Meanwhile, the 77-year-old accused bus driver is scheduled to appear in court on June 25 for a mandatory pre-indictment conference (hearing). “As currently charged, Muldrow legally faces between 10 and 20 years in prison—between five and 10 years for each fatality,” noted the Daily Record.
Paramus Public Schools in N.J. issued a statement on last week’s fatal crash involving one of its school buses that was engaged in a field trip and a dump truck.
UPDATE — JUNE 15 — Former Durham School Services bus driver Johnthony Walker, who was convicted in March 2018 of criminally negligent homicide, was also charged yesterday, June 14, with aggravated statutory rape. He was “arrested Thursday in Nashville, where he was free on bond while appealing his March conviction on charges of criminally negligent homicide and assault in the bus crash in Chattanooga,” reported FoxNews. Local media outlets cited an arrest report that stated Walker admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old on five occasions.” He was reportedly staying with the victim’s family for a few months.” He was sentenced to four years in prison for crashing his school bus on Nov. 21, 2016, killing six children and injuring 23 more.
The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled a May 22 meeting to discuss the special investigations report into two fatal school bus crashes that occurred in November 2016 and to make recommendations.