N.J. Bus Driver Indicted For Vehicular Homicide


Posted on 17th February 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Last week a NJ Transit bus driver was indicted on a charge of vehicular homicide after striking and killing a man in a crosswalk in Passaic, N.J., according to The Record.


Catherine Collier, a 65-year-old Passaic bus driver, allegedly ran a red light last September, hitting Joseph Currier, 49, of Passaic, The Record reported. According to a passenger, Collier had sped up as the traffic light turned from yellow to red.

Currier’s face hit the bus’s windshield, The Record said, and Collier drove for about 50 yards after hitting him. Passengers and a man outside the bus called out for her to stop.

Collier is free on $50,000 bail, ever since she was arrested in October. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to The Record.


Woman gets nearly 13 years in fatal Minn. crash


Posted on 8th October 2008 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Date: 10/8/2008 1:46 PM

MARSHALL, Minn. (AP) _ A woman who initially lied about her identity and still denies driving a van that slammed into a school bus, killing four children, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 13 years in prison.

Olga Marina Franco Del Cid was sentenced on four counts of vehicular homicide in the Feb. 19 crash involving a bus from Lakeview School in the southwest Minnesota town of Cottonwood.

Franco was extricated from the driver’s seat of the minivan, which hit the school bus after barreling through a stop sign. But her attorneys tried to show during her trial in August that Franco’s boyfriend was driving, fled the scene and hasn’t been seen since.

“Franco’s sentence will end,” Lyon County District Judge David Peterson said. “For those parents dealing with injuries, it’s a daily struggle. For the parents dealing with lost children, it’s a lifetime of could-have-beens and might-have-beens that never will be.”

Through an interpreter, Franco asked for forgiveness for using someone else’s identity. She also asked for forgiveness for the crash, but still denied being the driver.

The children killed ranged in age from 9 to 13 and included two brothers. Fourteen other people were injured.


Information from: KMHL-AM, http://www.marshallradio.net

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.