Judge Denies Bond For Driver In Fatal Sky Express Bus Crash
BOWLING GREEN, Va. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A judge in Virginia says the driver of a bus that was involved in a fatal wreck while on its way to New York City, should remain in jail without bond.
Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Elmhurst, NY, appeared in a Caroline County court Wednesday on whether he should be released on bond pending future hearings on four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Cheung was driving a Sky Express operated bus traveling from North Carolina to Chinatown when it crashed, killing four people and injuring dozens more.
Court records show Cheung admitted to police that he fell asleep at the wheel when the bus swerved off the highway, hit an embankment and overturned with 60 people aboard.
A bond hearing was continued last week after the judge allowed more time for attorneys to determine whether the naturalized U.S. citizen still has another passport that he could use to leave the country. Prosecutors contend Cheung is a “serious flight risk” because of discrepancies in the address listed on his commercial driver’s license and questions over the passport.
Cheung faces up to 10 years in prison for each felony count if convicted.
A grand jury in Caroline County is expected to hear the felony charges July 6.
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