Tour Bus Driver Killed In Queens Crash Was Driving On A Suspended License

48-year-old Raymond Mong, the person behind the wheel of the tour bus that crashed on Monday, was driving with a suspended driver’s license.

He was driving under the influence of alcohol due to which the bus crashed and left 3 individuals dead, including the driver. He got his driver’s license suspended after he got involved in an accident due to driving drunk and injuring 3 individuals 2 years back in 2015.

On 10th of April 2015, he was behind the wheel of a 2002 Honda Acura when he crashed it into a 2004 Chevy Tahoe on Exit 51 off-ramp from I-95 in New Haven. Due to the force, the Tahoe collided with a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta which a 22-year-old woman was driving.

Mong was not alone when the accident happened. His wife was with him and he escaped the accident spot. His vehicle was tracked by State police and he was taken into custody.

The mother of Alexandra Wynne, the Jetta driver, can never forget the emotional call she received from her daughter a few minutes after the rear-end collision. She told, “I remember her calling me up and being upset at being hit and the driver took off. She got banged up. He was driving really erratically and he hit her and thank God she wasn’t severely injured. I don’t know why they would let someone like that drive a bus.”

He was charged for multiple offenses, including:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Not having proper insurance
  • Illegally tailgating
  • Driving the vehicle erratically

3 individuals sustained injuries in that accident after which Mong’s driver’s license was suspended. On 20th of October, he was sentenced and the judge ordered him to spend 1 and a half year in jail. He was also ordered to pay the amount of $500 in fine as well as to temporarily surrender his driving license.

On 23rd of February, his Connecticut license was restored as confirmed by the sources.

According to sources, Mong was serving as a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus driver and after he was taken into custody, information was sent to MTA through New York DMV. He was fired from the job in 2015, told MTA spokeswoman Amanda Kwan.

It is not confirmed when he was hired by Dahlia.

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