Bus Driver Found Not Guilty in I-95 Crash
07 Dec, 2012
By Polly Kreisman
The bus driver in the I-95 crash last year that killed 15 people on the Westchester-Bronx border last March was found not guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Ophadell Williams was found guilty Friday on one count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Prosecutors alleged he was “so exhausted it was as though he was drunk behind the wheel.”
Defense Attorney Patrick Bruno had argued Williams was well-rested and the crash was the result of a tractor-trailer that swiped the bus and drove off, causing Williams to lose control.
Williams was driving from Mohegan Sun casinos in Uncasville, Conn, back to New York’s Chinatown when the bus crashed around 5:30 a.m. on March 12, 2011, on I-95 in the Bronx just south of the Westchester line.