(NEW YORK) — No charges will be filed against a New York bus driver who was arrested after he smashed into a lamp post in Times Square this summer, after an investigation into the crash determined that the driver was actually a hero.
William Dalambert was at the wheel of a Gray Line bus in August when the bus slammed into a lamp post, knocking it down. Several people were injured. Dalambert was arrested and police initially said he had failed a sobriety test.
A full drug and alcohol screen test was performed later, which cleared Dalambert of being impaired.
“As part of the two-month-long investigation, prosecutors interviewed numerous eyewitnesses, including the only witness on the bus, a tour guide riding with Dalambert at the time of the crash,” a statement from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said.
“After obtaining phone records, video, and running tests on an identical bus, we have concluded that a mechanical failure caused the bus to lurch forward, at which time the driver steered the bus away from a crowded sidewalk, thereby averting serious injury to those on the sidewalk,” the statement said.
The DA’s office said Dalambert “voluntarily submitted to sobriety and toxicology tests, which came back negative.”
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