A judge found a tour bus driver guilty on all counts Thursday in a deadly crash on I-95.
Kin Yiu Cheung, 38, of Flushing, N.Y. was found guilty on four counts of involuntary manslaughter for the crash in Caroline County that killed four people in May 2011. The defense offered no testimony or evidence and Cheung did not take the stand.
Prosecutors presented their case Thursday morning, arguing Cheung was suffering from extreme fatigue and fell asleep before the crash.
A witness told a judge Cheung was so asleep, his head was parallel to the floor before the bus veered off the road. Several passengers screamed, "He's dead. We're going to die" as the bus crossed over the rumble strips on the right side of the interstate. The driver then woke and yanked the steering wheel to the left, causing the bus to overturn near the Carmel Church exit, according to testimony.
Prosecutors said the driver had actually stopped twice to try and wake himself prior to the crash. At the second stop, just an hour before the crash, he purchased 4 to 5 cans of Red Bull and a cup of coffee.
One passenger, who crawled out of the bus after the crash, said he heard Cheung cry, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I fell asleep."
A Virginia State Trooper also testified the bus driver said he was tired in an accident-scene interview.
Prosecutors rested their case after just two hours of testimony Thursday morning.
The Sky Express bus was carrying 58 people to New York City when it overturned around 5 a.m. on May 31, 2011. Cheung suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Charges were recently dropped against Zhao Jian Chen, a dispatcher who faced four involuntary manslaughter counts in the case. Prosecutors had initially said she instructed Cheung to continue driving, despite his fatigue.
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