School bus driver in deadly crash had license suspended 14 times
The school bus driver involved in last week’s fatal New Jersey crash has had his drivers license suspended 14 times, according to published reports on Tuesday.
The long, checkered driving record of 77-year-old Paterson resident Hudy Muldrow Sr. also includes eight speeding tickets and one citation for an improper lane change, according to state records cited by Patch and The Star-Ledger and Bergen Record newspapers.
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.
Muldrow was driving kids and teachers from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village on May 17 when they collided with a dump truck on I-80. One student and a teacher were killed.
The bus, headed west on I-80, went past Exit 25, the off-ramp to reach the recreational area. Officials are looking into whether he was trying to make an illegal U-turn in the highway median when the deadly crash happened, law enforcement sources have said. No charges have been filed against him.
The driver’s son, Hudy Muldrow Jr., insisted his dad has always been a safe driver.
“That the truth. He is a good driver,” he told The Star Ledger on Tuesday.
When pressed on his dad’s numerous violations, the son said: “I don’t know anything about that. I have nothing else to say.”
The elder Muldrow’s shaky record did not bar him from holding a commercial drivers license or having his job for Paramus Public Schools, officials said.
He would have only been barred if he had 12 points on his record. At the time of last’s pileup, Muldrow had no active points – which could be dropped over time or been worked off by going to traffic school.
In addition to the deaths of 10-year-old Miranda Vargas and 51-year-old teacher Jennifer Williamson, there were 43 others injured in the crash.
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