Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Deadly Bus Stop Crash

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A driver who plowed into a Riverside bus stop, killing a woman and a 7-year-old girl, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter.

The district attorney's office says 46-year-old Joe D. Williams entered the plea Tuesday to two misdemeanor counts.

Authorities say Williams stopped his Kia sedan at a red light on Dec. 28 of last year and didn't immediately drive off when the light changed.

When motorists behind him honked their horns, Williams accelerated, veered up onto the shoulder of the road and crashed into a light pole and bus bench.

Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Bernal and 7-year-old Aniya Mitchell were on the bench. They were hit and died at the scene.

The girl's mother and father received serious injuries but survived.

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