A Nigerian born United States -based bus driver, Idowu Daramola, has been charged with murder, following his involvement in auto and reckless driving after the bus struck two lampposts, a traffic light, a tree and four parked cars on Kennedy Boulevard about 12:45pm killing an 8-month-old girl and narrowly missing her mother.
Investigators said five vehicles were involved and seven people were sent to area hospitals.
According to reports, the 49-year-old Daramola, of Thornwood, N.Y. was using his cell phone Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle jumped a kerb on a busy, West New York street and struck a lamppost, sending the pole crashing down onto a baby stroller.
Reports said the child died moments later despite police frantic attempts to save her by giving her CPR.
Daramola was charged with the baby’s death and he is expected to appear in Superior Court in Hudson County, Thursday, to face charges of death by auto, reckless driving and using a cellphone while operating a vehicle but did not enter a plea. He was being held on $250,000 bail.
West New York Police Officer, Michael Stetson, said that when he arrived the scene, Maylin Paredes, the baby’s mother, who had been pushing the stroller, was screaming hysterically and crying. In the carriage, her daughter was bleeding.
The baby had no pulse and was not breathing, Stetson said.
The officer immediately began CPR. “After CPR, she was gasping every third breath I gave her,” he said. The baby died en route to the hospital, Makarski said.
“It is a human tragedy to have this kind of event in West New York,” Mayor Felix Roque said.
Meanwhile, Daramola has said he has been unable to obtain a lawyer because the jail’s phone could not make outgoing calls.
Daramola has been charged with a number of traffic infractions over the past few years, including speeding, improperly letting off passengers, failure to stop at a stop sign. According to Julio Marenco the family spokesperson, “It is a heinous act that we all do, “Let us hope that all of us learn to stop doing it.”