A tour-bus driver employed by a Florida travel company struck and killed a pedestrian in Midtown Manhattan. The driver registered .083 in a subsequent breath alcohol test, reported the New York Post – more than twice the legal limit of .04 for commercial drivers.
The West Palm Beach man struck a 29-year-old Philadelphian man while driving an L&L Travel tour bus bus with 40 sightseeing tourists on board. Police reported finding an open 1.75-liter bottle of Smirnoff in the luggage compartment, and a silver travel mug nearly emptied of vodka, said the Post.
He is charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. The victim was reportedly dragged behind the bus for nearly half a block and pronounced dead at Bellvue Hospital. A wrongful death lawsuit could potentially follow.
The driver has a history of traffic violations including three car accidents, speeding, and driving with a suspended license. One accident occurred in Fort Lauderdale when he was driving for All Together Bus Lines, now out of business.
The driver belongs to a Facebook rant group called “I Hate People Who Can’t Drive for S–t.”