Updated 05/10/2011 06:04 AM
Megabus driver pleads not guilty
The Megabus driver in the Onondaga Lake Parkway crash that killed four people last fall has been charged on multiple counts of criminally negligent homicide. John Tomaszewski, 60, was behind the wheel of the doubledecker bus that crashed into a CSX bridge last September. But as our Brad Vivacqua tells us, it's uncertain whether or not he will get prison time.
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- John Tomaszewski, 60, was formally charged Monday morning for his negligence in last September's Megabus crash on the Onondaga Lake Parkway that killed four passengers.
Tomaszewski told investigators he never saw numerous signs warning of the low CSX bridge.
"The statute states that he failed to perceive the risk that a reasonable person should have perceived and by failing to perceive that risk, caused the death of four innocent victims," said Onondaga County Senior Assistant District Attorney Chris Bednarski.
The New Jersey native pleaded not guilty to four charges of criminally negligent homicide and an additional count of failing to obey a traffic control device. Neither Tomaszewski nor his attorney commented on camera following Monday's proceedings.
According to the District Attorney's office, there are no plans of filing additional charges against CSX, which is responsible for the bridge. There's no word on any progress of making improvements to bridge in order to prevent a similar occurrence.
"I know they have talked about specifically the state, has talked about some things that they plan on doing that will make the bridge and the parkway safer, I haven't seen any of that done, however," Bednarski said.
It's believed Tomaszewski suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the crash. He was released on his own recognizance and there's no word on if he'll face prison time if he's convicted.
''We're still mulling our options on that. I've reached out to the families of the four victims to see what their input will be. What they hope to accomplish in the matter, whether it's jail, probation or whatever,' said Bednarski.
Tomaszewski is due back in court June 3rd.
In conjunction with this indictment, the grand jury also filed a sealed report with the court and it won't be open until this case is over.
There is no word at this point what information is included in that sealed report.