The bus driver, driving the Sky Express bus that crashed on May 31, 2011, while on its way to Chinatown in New York City from Greensboro, North Carolina, was not fit to drive.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Sky Express has been cited for reckless driving 46 times in the last two years alone. FMCSA records also show that for the last two years Sky Express ranked near the very bottom of all bus carriers in both the "driver fitness" category, which measures a driver's training and experience, and the "fatigued driver" category, which includes drivers who continue to work when ill, fatigued or working more hours than the law allows. Additionally, Sky Express ranked in the bottom half of all carriers in the "unsafe driving" category.
The bus carrier's safety record was so poor, in fact, that it received an unsatisfactory rating from the FMCSA in April, which was supposed to ban them from making interstate trips. Sky Express appealed the FMCSA's ruling, which gave them ten days to continue operations. The crash in Virginia that killed four people and injured countless others happened during the ten day period after the appeal.
The crash occurred in Caroline County, Virginia along Interstate 95 when the driver ran the bus off the road and into an embankment before flipping over. The Sky Express bus driver, a 37-year-old man from Queens, was charged with reckless driving after the fatal crash, in which four passengers were killed and many others were injured.
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, which has handled 80 bus crash cases across the nation, is currently representing the family of a victim killed in this senseless tragedy.