Report: Paramus superintendent knew of driver’s spotty record before bus crash

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The Paramus school superintendent knew that the school bus driver involved in a deadly bus crash earlier this month had a spotty driving record, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.

The newspaper obtained documents that showed that the Paramus School District knew that driver 77-year-old Hudy Muldrow Sr. was at one point decertified by the state of New Jersey to transport children.

A letter obtained by NorthJersey.com shows that the Department of Education communicated with Paramus Superintendent Michele Robinson that Muldrow was unfit to drive the students.

"You are hereby notified that the above named driver is ineligible for employment as a school bus driver holding an S endorsement to transport school children for any educational facility,” the Dec. 21, 2017 letter stated.

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The letter also demands a confirmation in writing that Robinson received it.

Two people were killed and dozens injured on May 17 when Muldrow allegedly made an illegal U-turn on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive. Prosecutors say that Muldrow was attempting to correct a missed turn he made while transporting fifth-graders at East Brook Middle School on a field trip. The bus was struck by a dump truck at the time. A student and teacher were killed in the crash. Over 40 others, including Muldrow were injured.

After the crash, News 12 New Jersey discovered that Muldrow had his license suspended 14 times and also had eight speeding violations.

Robinson told the media at the time that she had no idea about Muldrow’s record when he was hired. 

"I am shocked, saddened and angry to read news reports concerning the school bus driver's driving record,” Robinson said in a statement. “All we were told is that he was a driver in good standing and eligible to operate a school bus.”

Muldrow is now facing two counts of reckless vehicular homicide. Prosecutors say that additional charges are possible.

UPDATE: At 10:50 p.m. - past the broadcast deadline - News 12 New Jersey received the following statement from Superintendent Robinson:

"I have consistently said that nothing provided to the district by the state reflected that the driver had any moving violations.The information we were provided was that Mr. Muldrow’s license was suspended for a period of time during the winter recess when schools were closed. During that time, Mr. Muldrow submitted his updated medical information to the Motor Vehicle Commission. The state subsequently informed us that Mr. Muldrow was a driver in good standing and eligible to operate a school bus.  He was not suspended because of moving violations."

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