Hunched over, shackled at the hands and ankles, and walking slowly, the driver of a school bus that collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway last week, killing a student and teacher, appeared in court Friday on death-by-auto charges.
Muldrow's decision resulted in the bus being struck by a dump truck traveling in the middle lane of the interstate, an impact that almost demolished the bus and killed a fifth-grade student and a teacher from East Brook Middle School, said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and New Jersey State Police Acting Superintendent Patrick Callahan in a joint statement.
After missing a turn, Muldrow tried to merge onto I-80 in Mount Olive, then turned sharply across the highway toward a U-turn area reserved for emergency vehicles, court records say. At that point, "Bus #2 was impacted by a dump truck that was traveling in the center lane of Route 80 Westbound".
A spokesperson with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission said Muldrow has a long history of violations including a total of 14 license suspensions, 13 for administrative reasons such as lack of insurance and canceled registration. Muldrow has also been issued eight speeding violations, was cited for an improper turn violation in 2010 and has also received a careless driving ticket.
But investigators say Bus 2 traveled on Route 206 South toward the on ramp leading to Route 80 Westbound, when at the point of entry onto Route 80 Westbound from the on ramp, Muldrow allegedly turned the bus to the left in an attempt to gain access to the the official-use only access point in between the east and westbound lanes.
It wasn't immediately known if Muldrow had retained an attorney.
Muldrow could face additional charges depending on the extent of the injuries of those victims, Troiano said.
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State police said Muldrow would be taken into custody Thursday.
Paramus School Superintendent Dr. Michele Robinson said Wednesday that she was shocked and angry about the news reports regarding Muldrow's driving record. "If this news reports a true our community and our children deserve better than to receive incomplete information about his record".
The family wants there to be "justice" for all the families involved, Fried said.
The funeral for Williamson was held on Thursday in Paramus.
"It's really hard to accept that she's gone", said a seventh grader named Sophia. She was nice to everyone. Her obituary notes she "taught in the same grade and same classroom in East Brook Middle School for 20 years".
Williams' funeral comes three days after Vargas was laid to rest.
Muldrow's son, Hudy Muldrow Jr., told NJ.com on Tuesday that his father was a good driver. "He said that he was sorry that two people lost their lives".