New Jersey school bus driver pleads guilty

A school bus driver pleaded guilty in December to causing a crash that killed a student and injured 43 other students, school staff members and a truck driver. The passengers were on a field trip.

Hudy Muldrow Sr., 79, admitted in Morristown Superior Court that he tried to make an illegal U-turn across Interstate 80 in New Jersey in 2018 after missing his intended exit. The bus was struck by a dump truck. The impact separated the bus body from the chassis and knocked it onto its side.

Muldrow pleaded guilty to two charges of reckless vehicular homicides, five counts of fourth-degree assault by auto, one count of disorderly persons assault by auto and endangering the welfare of children. Under his plea deal, prosecutors dropped 20 charges of assault by auto. They recommended a 10-year prison term be ordered when he is sentenced in February.

Prosecutors said Muldrow’s license had been suspended 14 times from 1975 through 2017.


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