Man faces murder charge in crash that killed MTA bus driver

bus crash collision greenwich village
Credit: Twitter/@EPMcNeil

A 23-year-old Georgia man has been charged with second degree murder in the crash that killed an MTA bus driver last month.

Domonic Whilby, of Griffin, Ga., was allegedly driving a stolen truck on the morning of Feb. 12 when he crashed into a city bus in Greenwich Village, killing 49-year-old William Pena and injuring five others.

“Intoxicated drivers continue to plague New York,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in a statement. “The tragic death of William Pena was preventable, as are so many vehicular fatalities.”

Whilby, who is the nephew of model Tyson Beckford, was drinking at several parties beginning on the evening of Feb. 11 and into the early morning hours of Feb. 12, according to the indictment.

At about 5:22 a.m., he allegedly entered a commercial truck that was parked at the loading dock of the Dream Hotel in the Meatpacking District. As he tried to drive away, he struck the walls of the dock, a taxi and another truck.

Whilby continued to drive away, speeding through intersections and running red lights, according to authorities.

His joy ride came to halt when he struck the bus at the southeast corner at 14th Street and Seventh Avenue, causing the bus to careen into scaffolding. Pena was ejected from the bus and died at the scene, authorities said.

Whilby had a blood alcohol concentration of at least .18 percent, according to the district attorney’s office.

He also faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, assault charges, burglary, reckless endangerment and grand larceny.


Astoria minivan crash kills 1, injures 6: NYPD

Anthony Boyd, 45, died soon after what investigators believe was some sort of medical emergency as he drove his family through Astoria on Sunday afternoon.


NYC pension funds valued at $160b: Scott Stringer

The five NYC pension funds that thousands of city employees contribute to saw its fifth year in a row of increased returns, up $23 billion from last year.


Man dies trapped in elevator shaft at Bronx…

A man in his twenties died after being trapped in an elevator shaft of a Bronx building early Monday, police said.


Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.


Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.


MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.


James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…


Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…


Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400


This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…


Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…


Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…


Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…