Washington State Tour Bus Crash Kills Two, Injures 21


Posted on 30th May 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A tour bus crash carrying a group of soccer fans crashed this weekend in Washington State, killing two and injuring 21 others.


As of Monday authorities were looking for witnesses to the fatal crash, which took place Saturday night near Cle Elum and involved not only the bus but several other vehicles.

A married couple on the bus, Ciro Astudillo,  51, and his wife Virginia Ocamposoriano, 45, of Pasco, Wash., died in the accident.

A man who owned a GMC pick-up truck involved in the accident, Jeffrey Irmer, 24, of Spokane was airlifted for treatment at a local hospital. More than a half dozen other people were sent to other hospitals or medical facilities for treatment. 

According to press accounts of the accident, the GMC truck was on the right shoulder of eastbound I-90, broken down, just as the bus was traveling in the right eastbound lane of the highway. The bus tried to change lanes, and in the process ran a Hyundai Elantra off the road. 

The bus driver then lost control of the bus and struck the pickup truck, with the bus flipping on its side.

A 27-year-old woman who was in the Hyundai along with her daughter survived.

The bus was transported fans who were on their way home from a Mexico-Ecuador soccer game in Seattle back to Moses Lake.

Elmer Schulman, a 67-year-old Pasco resident, was driving the bus and was uninjured.

The accident is still under investigation.

Bus Driver Faces DUI Charges In Fatal Chicago Accident


Posted on 5th May 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized


The tour bus driver who struck and killed a young woman in Chicago Tuesday night has been charged with driving while under the influence.


David Soto of West Berwyn was charged with aggravated DUI resulting in death charges in stemming from an accident that killed graphic designer Justyna Palkam 26. She was struck while traversing a crosswalk in Chicago’s Streeterville  neighborhood.

According to The Chicago Tribune, 47-year-old Soto failed a drug test for cocaine.

Soto, as it turns out, has a checkered past and is a wanted man.

First of all, Soto’s commercial driver’s license had been suspended back in 2008,  after he was charged with speeding and not having insurance, The Tribune reported. But he obtained high-risk insurance and did have a current valid commercial license.

But that wasn’t Soto’s only trouble with the law.

He was also being sought by police on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child younger than 13, according to The Tribune.

Soto allegedly assaulted two 8-year-old girls in 2009. Prior to that, in 1993, Soto was actually convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault, according to The Tribune, and got out of prison in 1997.


Chicago Art Director Struck And Killed By Tour Bus


Posted on 4th May 2011 by gjohnson in Uncategorized


 Here’s a terrible tale.

A 26-year-old woman died after being struck by a tour bus Tuesday night in Chicago. Justyna Palka, an art director and graphic designer for Ogilvy & Mather, was crossing a street in her Windy City neighborhood of Streeterville when she was hit.     


The fatal accident took place shortly before 7 p.m. as Palka, who was born in Poland, was making her way through a crosswalk on Columbus Drive at Illinois Street, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Palka had the right of way as a pedestrian, even though the light on Illinois was green, witnesses told The Tribune.

She was transported to Northwestern University Hospital, where she died shortly after her arrival.

 The bus driver was in custody but hadn’t been charged by police.