Driver in Bronx Bus Crash Found Not Guilty of Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide

The driver behind the wheel during of the fatal Bronx bus crash was found not guilty on all counts of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide on Friday.

Ophadell Williams appeared to wipe tears from his eyes at times as the 54 counts were read aloud. He was found guilty on one count -- aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Williams faced 15 years in prison if he were convicted in the 2011 crash.

Williams said a tractor-trailer cut him off and he lost control. The bus carrying gamblers coming from a Connecticut casino was sheared open like a sardine can when it struck a pole.

Prosecutors say Williams was so recklessly exhausted and sleep deprived, it was as if he was drunk.

Williams was a New York City bus driver-in-training for two weeks in 2007. He was fired when a background check revealed a pair of felony convictions that he’d failed to reveal.

He hired on as a driver with World Wide Travel in 2010. 

Jim OGrady contributed reporting