Bus driver pleads not guilty

BOWLING GREEN, VA (WWBT) - The family of a bus driver charged in a deadly Caroline County crash calls the charges against him unfair.

A grand jury indicted Kin Yui Cheung on four counts of involuntary manslaughter. He pled not guilty today in court.

Cheung waived his right for a jury trial - instead a judge will hear his case in September. Wednesday his children were here for the first time, and said they want their dad to come home.

Qun Lin was back in court to see her husband, the man behind the wheel when a bus flipped over on Interstate 95, killing four people.

Wednesday she brought her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter for the first time. She told us through a translator her children still don't understand why their father is not at home.

"I just kept telling them that their dad can't come home now," said her translator Steven Xing.  "What we can do is to wait for Dad to come home. He's in some kind of a business trouble, stuff like that. I don't tell them the whole story. They don't really understand what's going on."

The children were not in the courtroom but will see their father in jail for the first time Thursday. Cheung pled not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Cheung's attorney says he will not pursue a plea deal. He says his client is innocent and he intends to prove that during the trial.

"Under the law, this has to be an intentional disregard, reckless disregard of human life," said Cheung's attorney Murray Janus. "We feel my client is not guilty of that. This was a terrible accident."

Cheung told investigators at the scene that he fell asleep at the wheel before the crash.

Janus has filed a motion to suppress those statements, claiming police did not read him his Miranda rights.

Cheung's family feels the charges are unfair. They say he did not intentionally crash the bus.

"We're deeply sorry for what happened," Xing said. "It's something we couldn't stop and it already happened. It's in the past. Still, we feel deeply sorry for the ones that were in the accident. We wish we could go back and change."

Cheung's bench trial has been set for September 12th at 10 a.m.

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