Bus driver in deadly New Jersey school bus crash had 14 license suspensions
JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY (May 23, 2018) – New details were released this week about the driving record of the bus driver involved in the tragic school bus crash in New Jersey last week.
Reports reveal 77-year-old Hudy Muldrow Sr.has had his driver’s license suspended a total of 14 times since getting his driver’s license in 1975. Six of the suspensions were tied to unpaid parking violations, seven were for administrative and paperwork reasons and one was for driving while his license was suspended. His lengthy driving record also includes eight speeding tickets and one citation for an improper lane change, according to the New York Post.
Muldrow began driving buses in 2013. HI most recent license suspension was in December 2017 for parking violations. His license was restored in January.
Officials say Muldrow’s shaky driving record did not bar him from holding a commercial driver’s license or having his job with Paramus Public Schools in New Jersey.
On Thursday, May 17, Muldrow was driving fifth graders and teachers from East Brook Middle School when the bus collided with a dump truck on I-80. A 10-year-old student and 51-year-old teacher were killed and 43 others were injured in the crash.
Authorities are investigating whether Muldrow made an illegal U-turn before the deadly crash. No charges have been filed, but an attorney representing the family of the student who was killed has filed a notice of claim against Paramus and the Paramus School Board.
The family’s attorney told ABC News Muldrow’s driving record raises a lot of questions and his firm is investigating the negligence in allowing him to drive children.
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