Driver In Fatal Sky Express Bus Crash Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

BOWLING GREEN, Va. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Virginia authorities have charged the driver of Tuesday’s fatal bus crash with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The charges against 37-year-old Kin Yiu Cheung were filed after he appeared in the Caroline County Courthouse on a reckless driving charge.

The 37-year-old from Flushing, Queens was driving a bus operated by Sky Express when it swerved off the road and overturned on I-95 in Virgnia on Tuesday.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond: Police Say The Driver Was Tired

Four women from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia were killed and 54 others were injured. The bus was headed to Chinatown from North Carolina.

Police say Cheung was fatigued at the time of the crash.

After the crash, the US Department of Transportation shut down Sky Express for multiple safety violations.

Sky Express was near to being shut down by federal transportation authorities before the crash, but the company was given a ten-day extension to file an appeal.

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  • missy

    I recently took this bus from charlotte nc to nyc on may 26 my husband was in ny already and instead of driving two cars home i decided to take skybus with my two kids everything was okay till we got to Virginia and the tire bust instead of them calling Aaa we sat on the side of the road from 3:00 till 6:00 am when the D.O.T started working to help change the tire they really are that cheap that we sat on the side of the road to get free tire service. then we drive for 2 hours and 2 minutes before we get on the Delaware Memorial bridge we hear this loud boom its the tire again this time there is no spear tire so we sit for 3-4 hours for another bus to come from Ny to pick up up in all the memorial day traffic because its now Friday. people was hitch hiking a few people got family members to pick them up a bus stopped om the same company and had 6 seats but the majority of us had to wait. So finally after 3.5 hours the other bus comes its filthy I mean all the Chinese buses are dirty trust me I have been on alt but this bus was dirty and the conditioner didn’t work very well we finally reached Ny about 2 when we was suppose to arrive at 7:30 am and I was furious but I said to my kids you get what you pay for and I vowed never again to deal with sky bus what if we had made it on the bridge and then the tire bust I feel such sorrow for the injured people. I have taken a few of te Chinese buses to Va from Ny and I can’t tell you the number of times the bus driver has fallen asleep, or they had a cracked windshield all type of violations they also drive like a bat out of hell that’s why I always sit towards the back because I get nervous watching them drive but the Chinese buses will not see another dollar from me.

    • confused

      Let me get this straight. You knew these buses were dangerous, yet you decided that your safety, and in this case life, was worth less than the $30 you saved by taking this bus instead of a greyhound or airplane?

  • belltoller

    He should have stayed in the dry cleaning business

  • fdsaf

    No it was filed AFTER he appeared forthe reckless driving charge… Read The Story again.

  • Tito

    This story doesn’t explain why he was charged criminally.

    • Paul

      Wreckless driving was why. Read the story.

      • Bob

        No it was filed AFTER he appeared forthe reckless driving charge… Read The Story again.

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