MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – The driver in a bus crash that left a East Brook Middle School student and teacher dead in 2018 was sentenced Wednesday to up to 10 years in prison.
Hudy Muldrow, 79, of Newark, NJ was sentenced to an aggregate term of 10 years in New Jersey State Prison and the first five years of this sentence are subject to the parole ineligibility provisions of the No Early Release Act, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.
Muldrow pled guilty on Dec. 23, 2019 to two counts of second-degree reckless vehicular homicide, one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of children, five counts of fourth-degree assault by auto, and one count of disorderly persons assault by auto, Knapp said.
In pleading guilty, Muldrow admitted that on the morning of May 17, 2018, while acting as a school bus driver for the Paramus School District, he recklessly operated a school bus, Knapp said.
Muldrow admitted that his reckless operation of the school bus caused the deaths of two of his passengers, Miranda Faith Vargas, a 5th grade student at East Brook Middle School and Jennifer Williamson, a teacher at East Brook Middle School.
Muldrow also admitted that he caused injuries to five adult passengers and the driver of a dump truck. He further acknowledged that his conduct created a risk of harm to all 38 children who were passengers on his bus, Knapp said.
“The pain and suffering caused by this defendant are immeasurable and will continue forever. The mass casualties and carnage caused by his criminal acts required the New Jersey State prison sentence imposed by the court today. We sincerely hope that the courageous surviving victims, mostly children, and their families will be able to accept this small measure of closure and solace for their collective and individual loss,” Knapp said.