JERSEY CITY - Bail remains at $250,000 for a bus driver who hit a light pole that toppled onto a stroller, killing an 8-month-old girl.
Idowu Daramola did not enter a plea during his appearance today in state court in Jersey City. He said he had not yet been able to retain an attorney.
Authorities say the 48-year-old Thornwood, N.Y. resident's bus veered off a city street in West New York on Tuesday and struck several cars and the pole, which fell onto the stroller and killed Angelie Paredes. They say he was using a cellphone when the accident happened. Seven others were injured.
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Daramola is charged with death by auto, reckless driving and using a cellphone while operating a vehicle. Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said Daramola had several driving violations in New Jersey.
Schillari says Daramola should never have been behind the wheel. Since 2011, the Queens man has had four moving violations, including speeding, running a red light and running a stop sign.
"I think it's ludicrous that he was still driving," Schillari says. "This tragedy could have been averted if the system had caught up with this driver through the regular channels."
Authorities are also waiting on toxicology results to see if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. They will also inspect the bus for mechanical problems.
Meanwhile, a Paredes family spokesman said the family is making funeral arrangements for the young child.