CBS2-Header-Logo WFAN 1010WINS WCBS tiny WLNYLogo

News

Police: Georgia Man Charged In Fatal NYC Bus Crash

The scene of a fatal bus crash in Greenwich Village on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 (credit: CBS 2)

The scene of a fatal bus crash in Greenwich Village on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 (credit: CBS 2)

TRI-STATE NEWS HEADLINES

From our newsroom to your inbox weekday mornings at 9AM.
Sign Up

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have charged a man from Georgia with vehicular manslaughter after they said he stole a delivery truck and collided with a city bus in the West Village, killing the bus driver and injuring several others.

Police arrested 22-year-old Dominic Whilby of Griffin, Ga. on Thursday. He is also charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and felony assault.

Police said the truck was stolen around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on West 16th Street. Minutes later, the truck crashed into the bus at West 14th Street and 7th Avenue, police said.

The impact was so strong, it sent both vehicles crashing into a building and several parked cars. The scaffolding that was in front of the building collapsed onto the wreckage.

The bus driver, William Pena, was ejected from the bus. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Five others, including Whilby, were hurt.

William Pena was killed in a bus crash on Feb. 12, 2014. (credit: Transit Workers Union)

William Pena was killed in a bus crash on Feb. 12, 2014. (credit: Transit Workers Union)

Pena was the first MTA bus driver killed in a collision in more than 14 years, the agency said. He is survived by his wife and his teenage daughter.

Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com: