A former New Jersey Transit bus driver who brought on the dying of a passenger who was dragged when his arm turned trapped in the bus door has been sentenced to 5 years in state jail.
Fayola Howard, 36, of Bloomfield, was sentenced Monday, in line with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Workplace. A local of Trinidad, she is predicted to face deportation proceedings as soon as she’s free of jail.
Howard had pleaded responsible final month to reckless vehicular murder, leaving the scene of the accident ensuing in dying and tampering with data by submitting a report containing false details about the Dec. 31, 2019 incident in Newark.
The passenger, 55-year-old Newark resident Kevin Thomas, had stepped off the bus to return a pocketbook to a girl who had left it on the automobile, authorities have stated. When he tried to return to the entrance door of the bus, Howard closed the door on his arm.
As a substitute of releasing him, authorities have stated Howard drove away, dragging Thomas whilst he and different passengers yelled for her to cease. The bus then turned proper, at which level Thomas got here free and fell earlier than the bus ran him over.
Thomas died from his accidents per week later. Howard was arrested the next month as she tried to board a airplane at Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport, authorities have stated.
Howard’s lawyer, Michael Robbins, stated Wednesday that it was by no means her intent to injure Thomas.
“What started out as a good deed by Mr. Thomas unfortunately ended in tragedy,” Robbins stated.