MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – According to NJ Advance Media, the family of a New Jersey teacher killed alongside a student in a bus accident two years ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against both drivers involved in the accident as well as state officials.
Jennifer Williamson, 51, and Miranda Vargas, 10, died in the May 17, 2018 accident, which also injured 43 East Brook Middle School students.
The accident took place in Morris County on Route 80 in Mount Olive when the school bus they were traveling on collided with a dump truck.
Williamson’s brother Douglas has filed a suit against 79-year-old bus driver Hudy Muldrow Sr.; school officials; the dump truck driver; his employers at Mendez Trucking; Bergen and Morris counties; and the state of New Jersey.
According to the suit, Muldrow had 16 violations in his driving record that included 8 speeding tickets, 1 improper lane change, 5 crashes, and 14 license suspensions.
In December 2019, Muldrow pleaded guilty to 2 counts of reckless vehicular homicide, 5 counts of assault by an auto, and endangering children. He is currently serving 10 years in prison with 2 years of license suspension.
The dump truck driver was not charged in the crash.