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Bus driver in NJ crash that killed teacher, student sentenced to 10 years

Posted: 4:28 PM, Feb 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-26 16:33:18-05
Driver in deadly New Jersey school bus crash appears in court

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — The driver of a school bus that crashed on Interstate 80 in New Jersey in 2018, killing a teacher and a student, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.

Hudy Muldrow, 79, pleaded guilty in December to reckless vehicular homicide, assault by auto and child endangerment. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to recommend a 10-year sentence that included the dismissal of 20 additional charges.

Muldrow is not eligible for parole during the first five years of his sentence, according to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

“The pain and suffering caused by this defendant are immeasurable and will continue forever. The mass casualties and carnage caused by his criminal acts required the New Jersey State prison sentence imposed by the court today,” Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said. “We sincerely hope that the courageous surviving victims, mostly children, and their families will be able to accept this small measure of closure and solace for their collective and individual loss.”

Muldrow acknowledged driving recklessly after missing an exit and attempting an illegal u-turn on the highway.

The bus carrying middle school students and teachers merged onto the highway in Mount Olive, then crossed three lanes toward a U-turn area and collided with a dump truck.

Social studies teacher Jennifer Williamson-Kennedy, 51, and 10-year-old Miranda Vargas were killed. More than 40 others were injured in the crash, including dozens of children.