Driver in deadly NJ bus crash has history of speeding, license suspensions

MOUNT OLIVE, New Jersey (WPIX) -- New details emerged Tuesday about the driver of a school on a field trip collided with a dump truck in New Jersey last week, killing a 10-year-old girl and a teacher.

The driver has been identified as Hudy Muldrow Sr., 77.

His license was valid at the time of the May 17 crash, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

He has had 14 license suspensions between 1975, when he obtained his driver’s license, and 2017, according to data from the agency.

Thirteen of those 14 suspensions were for administrative reasons, such as unpaid parking tickets, and one of the suspensions happened this past December.

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A bus is pictured on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Police stand near the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A bus is pictured on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Police stand near the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders and Police officers look a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: A school bus broken is seen on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
Police stand near the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A police investigator looks at the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
NEW JERSEY, May 18, 2018 -- Wreckage of the school bus is being taken away from the accident site on Interstate 80 highway, in Morris County, New Jersey, the United States, on May 17, 2018. A student and a teacher were killed and dozens others were injured when a school bus full of fifth-graders collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, Governor Phil Murphy said. (Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images)
NEW JERSEY, May 18, 2018 -- Wreckage of the school bus is being taken away from the accident site on Interstate 80 highway, in Morris County, New Jersey, the United States, on May 17, 2018. A student and a teacher were killed and dozens others were injured when a school bus full of fifth-graders collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, Governor Phil Murphy said. (Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images)
NEW JERSEY, May 18, 2018 -- Wreckage of the school bus is being taken away from the accident site on Interstate 80 highway, in Morris County, New Jersey, the United States, on May 17, 2018. A student and a teacher were killed and dozens others were injured when a school bus full of fifth-graders collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, Governor Phil Murphy said. (Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders looks a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders and Police officers look a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders and Police officers walk near a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders and Police officers look a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
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He’s also been hit with eight speeding violations between 1975 and 2017. None of them resulted in a license revocation.

His most recent speeding violation happened in 2001.

Muldrow Sr. was behind the wheel of a school bus that was taking students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village, a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port.

Two other school buses that were making the same trip made it to the site but returned to the school following the crash that left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive.

A fifth-grader and a teacher were killed and more than 40 others were injured, including Mudrow Sr.

Most of the injured people had been discharged from hospitals within days, but the extent of their injuries has not been revealed.

The victims who died were honored this week.

Miranda Vargas, 10, was laid to rest on Monday. A funeral for teacher Jennifer Williamson, 51, is scheduled for Thursday.

The Paramus police chief told PIX11 News that the case is in the hands of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. He’s unsure if or when any charges may be filed.

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