Bus Driver in Fatal Caroline County, VA I-95 Tour Bus Crash is Convicted of Manslaughter
Like any other experienced Virginia wrongful death attorney, I was shocked and appalled by the I-95 bus crash in Caroline County, Virginia that left four passengers dead and many more injured in 2011.
The circumstances of that terrible morning we relived in a courtroom as the bus driver, Kin Yiu Cheung was convicted of four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The Huffington Post reported how survivors of the deadly bus crash described how the “they swerved from side to side and changed speeds erratically before careening off an interstate highway.”
The bus crashed when the driver fell asleep. After the testimony, a judge convicted Cheung of four counts of involuntary manslaughter in the high profile crash that killed four and injured many others on Interstate 95.
“The witnesses said the erratic driving occurred for up to an hour as Cheung drank coffee and Red Bull energy drinks. Finally, they said, he nodded off at the wheel and lost control of the low-fare Sky Express bus,” reported the Huffington Post.
The testimony clearly shows the driver was aware of his fatigue. But rather than stopping the bus, he carried on driving.
The crash highlighted poor standards in the low cost tour bus industry as a whole. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded Cheung had limited opportunities for sleep in the days leading up to the accident, and poor government oversight allowed the Charlotte, N.C.-based Sky Express bus company to operate despite continued safety violations.
Federal agencies cracked down on tour buses in the wake of the crash and another crash that led to the loss of many lives in New York City. Driver fatigue was also the cause of the Bronx bus crash that killed 15.
Sky Express dispatcher Zhao Jian Chen also faced manslaughter charges but these were dropped.
If you have been hurt in a bus crash or another automobile crash contact an experienced Virginia serious accident injury lawyer.
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