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New York - Casino Bus Driver NOT Guilty in Crash That Killed 15

Published on: December 7, 2012 12:03 PM
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FILE--In this photo from Saturday, March 12, 2011, emergency personnel investigate the scene of a bus crash on Interstate-95 in the Bronx borough of New York .  A verdict has been reached in a manslaughter case against the bus driver Ophadell Williams, charged in the crash that killed 15 passengers.   Williams has pleaded not guilty. He says a tractor-trailer cut him off and he lost control. The bus carrying gamblers coming from a Connecticut casino was sheared open like a sardine can when it struck a pole. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)FILE—In this photo from Saturday, March 12, 2011, emergency personnel investigate the scene of a bus crash on Interstate-95 in the Bronx borough of New York .  A verdict has been reached in a manslaughter case against the bus driver Ophadell Williams, charged in the crash that killed 15 passengers.  Williams has pleaded not guilty. He says a tractor-trailer cut him off and he lost control. The bus carrying gamblers coming from a Connecticut casino was sheared open like a sardine can when it struck a pole. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

New York - A casino bus driver at the helm of a New York crash that killed 15 people last year has been found not guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

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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 says 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 a Connecticut casino to New York’s Chinatown when the bus crashed around 5:30 a.m. on March 12, 2011.

Authorities say the speeding bus ran off the highway, hit a guardrail, then toppled. A sign pole sheared off the roof.


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