Driver Found Not Guilty of Most Charges in Crash That Killed 15 Chinatown Residents
We were waiting for the verdict in the case of Ophadell Williams, the driver of the casino bus that crashed in the Bronx last year, killing 15 Chinatown residents. A short time ago the jury announced it had found him not guilty on all counts of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. He was convicted on one count: aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Federal regulators concluded that driver fatigue was a factor in the crash, on I-95 in March of 2012. They also found Williams had been speeding. The bus was heading back from a casino in Connecticut. Williams claimed he was cut off by a tractor-trailer and was forced to swerve.