New charges against driver in fatal Va. bus crash

June 3, 2011 - 8:43 AM
Bus Accident Virginia

This photo provided by the Virginia State Police shows Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Flushing, N.Y. , the driver of a bus that crashed on Interstate 95 early Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in Caroline County, Va. Cheung has been charged with reckless driving and is being held on a $3,000 bond at the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County, Va. (AP Photo/Virginia State Police)

BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) — The driver of a low-cost interstate bus service was charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter Friday following a brief court appearance on another charge stemming from this week's fatal accident in Virginia that killed four passengers and injured dozens more.

Kin Yiu Cheung, 37, of Flushing, N.Y., had been free on bond, but was arrested on the new charges shortly after appearing in Caroline County court Friday morning. Cheung was in court to answer to a reckless driving charge stemming from the Tuesday crash on Interstate 95 about 30 miles north of Richmond.

"It's never easy to make determinations to bring serious charges, but there was enough evidence to bring the charge," Caroline County Commonwealth Attorney Anthony Spencer said after Cheung's arrest.

Police say Cheung was fatigued when the Sky Express bus he was driving swerved off the highway shortly before 5 a.m., hit an embankment and overturned. It had departed Greensboro, N.C., Monday night bound for New York City with 58 people.

Cheung's lawyer, Murray Janus, called the incident a "tragic accident," adding he had not had time to talk to Cheung after his latest arrest.

Authorities declined to comment on their continuing investigation into the accident.

Federal transportation officials shut down the Charlotte, N.C.-based company after the crash for multiple safety violations.