1 Dead as Bus, Stolen Truck Collide in West Village

By Katherine Creag
|  Thursday, Feb 13, 2014  |  Updated 8:12 AM EDT
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A bus driver was killed and two others were injured when a stolen delivery truck crashed into a bus at a West Village intersection Wednesday morning, authorities say. Roseanne Colletti has the story.

A bus driver was killed and two others were injured when a stolen delivery truck crashed into a bus at a West Village intersection Wednesday morning, authorities say. Roseanne Colletti has the story.

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A bus driver was killed and two others were injured when a stolen delivery truck crashed into a bus at a West Village intersection Wednesday morning, authorities say.

Police say 22-year-old Dominic Whilby is suspected of stealing the truck from a nearby business on 16th Street, and driving it down Seventh Avenue, where he crashed into the M14 bus that was going east on 14th Street.

The force of the crash sent the bus and truck careening into scaffolding on the southeast corner of the intersection.

A passenger on the bus was injured, along with a person riding a scooter who was hit by the truck before it slammed into the bus, police said.

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Whilby was also treated for injuries. He was later charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, possession of stolen property, criminal mischief, trespassing, two counts of grand larceny and three counts of felony assault, police say. It's not known if he has an attorney.

A man who hands out free newspapers in the area told NBC 4 New York he heard the collision, then saw the bus and truck careen toward the scaffolding as well as a food truck that operates nearby.

The MTA identified the bus driver as 49-year-old William Pena, of Hillside, N.J., a married father of a teen girl who is a 17-year veteran of the agency. 

Richard Davis, the chairman of the public transit union representing Pena, said in a statement: "Brother Pena was such a good person, a good family man, husband and father. He was a great worker, great record on the job, really well liked."

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