Bus driver in crash that killed infant had 2nd job at MTA

The bus driver behind the wheel of the bus that hit a light pole that toppled onto a stroller, killing an 8-month old girl, had

Bus driver in crash that killed infant had 2nd job at MTA

Bus driver in crash that killed infant had 2nd job at MTA (8/2/13)

EDISON - The bus driver behind the wheel of the bus that hit a light pole that toppled onto a stroller, killing an 8-month old girl, had a second job as a driver for the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The MTA told News 12 New Jersey Friday that Idowu Daramola was a probationary bus driver with the company since February. A spokesman tells News 12 New Jersey  "they are taking steps to terminate" the driver. Daramola was working out of an Upper East Side bus depot.

A union representative says drivers with the MTA are not permitted to have second jobs driving other vehicles.

Prior to Tuesday's crash, Daramola has also had other moving violations. The Hudson County Sheriff says the 48-year-old has been cited for speeding, running a red light and running a stop sign.

Daramola was driving the jitney for a company called Boulevard Transit, which reportedly hired him thinking he had a clean license.

"This tragedy would've been averted if the system caught up with the driver through regular channels," says Sheriff Frank Schillari.

Daramola is charged with death by auto, reckless driving and using a cellphone while operating a vehicle.
 

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