The driver at the helm of a tour bus that crashed in a horrific accident last year, killing 15 passengers returning to Chinatown from a casino in Connecticut, was found not guilty of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Ophadell Williams listens as the verdict is read in the trial stemming from the March 12, 2011 crash, pictured at inset. Courtesy NBC New York
Ophadell Williams was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and various assault charges by a Bronx jury in a verdict reached Thursday and read Friday. He was found guilty of third-degree aggravated operation of an unlicensed motor vehicle.
Williams listened as the verdict was read, occasionally lowering his head to rest it on his hands.
Prosecutors had argued Williams was sleep-deprived and should have known better than to drive in that condition. The defense said Williams was not fatigued and maintained he was a hero, helping injured passengers from the wreck even though he was injured.
Source: The Grio