Huddy Muldrow

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School Bus Driver Charged In Deadly Route 80 Crash In Court

May 25, 2018 - 4:36 pm

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- The bus driver in the Route 80 crash appeared in a Morristown courtroom Friday to face charges in the deadly wreck.

Huddy Muldrow has been hit with two charges of vehicular homicide in the crash that killed a teacher and a 10-year-old.

A criminal complaint says the 77-year-old driver was making a U-turn across three lanes of traffic when the bus was hit by a dump truck, with such force that it separated the body of the bus from its chassis.

Muldrow's license had been suspended 14 times since 1975. Six of those suspensions resulted from unpaid parking tickets.

He also racked up eight speeding tickets over the years. 

Despite his driving record, Muldrow was issued a commercial driver's license and a bus driver certificate.

Paramus schools superintendent Dr. Michelle Robinson said the district was not told of any moving violations on muldrows record when he was hired.

"Having learned over the last few days about the driving record that Mr. Muldrow has and that the Paramus Board of Education had him driving children and allowing him to drive children is certainly something that has caused them to be even more distraught," said attorney David Fried, who represents the family of Miranda Vargas, the fifth grader killed in the crash. 

Fried is pursuing legal action against the Paramus Board of Education and the city of Paramus.

The courtroom was packed with loved ones of the two victims and family members of Muldrow, who walked  ginerly into Judge Steven Taylor's courtroom with the help of two security guards, WCBS 880's Mack Rosenberg reported. A family friend said he suffered a swollen stomach and broken finger in the crash. He faces five to 10 years in prison  on each count if he is convicted.

More charges could be on the way in regards to the victims who survived that crash.

His church pastor, Elder Willie Clark of the Mount Zion Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Jersey City, said the crash was an unfortunate accident and described Muldrow as a good man who was always helping in the church community.

"Naturally he was sad and he was at the impression that he didn't do anything wrong," Clark said.

Muldrow will be held at the Morris County jail until next Wednesday which is when Taylor ordered a detention hearing to determine whether Muldrow will stay in custody or be released on conditions.