Model's Nephew Charged With Manslaughter for Crash That Killed Bus Driver

By Aidan Gardiner on February 13, 2014 8:44am 

 Domonic Whilby, left, is suspected of crashing a stolen truck into a city bus and killing its driver, William Pena, right, police said.
Domonic Whilby, left, is suspected of crashing a stolen truck into a city bus and killing its driver, William Pena, right, police said.
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MANHATTAN — The nephew of model Tyson Beckford was charged with manslaughter for stealing a delivery truck and plowing it into a city bus, sparking a horrific crash that left the bus driver dead and several others injured, the NYPD said.

Georgia resident Domonic Whilby, 22, stole the truck from a Chelsea garage about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after spending the night partying with Beckford, friends and his uncle's model girlfriend, police said. Moments later, he is suspected of plowing the truck into an M14 bus at Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street.

The bus' driver, 17-year MTA veteran William Pena, was thrown from his seat and killed in the collision, which also injured three others, officials said.

Whilby was knocked unconscious and taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, sources said.

He was arrested on charges of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and felony assault, according to the NYPD.

Pena was remembered as an adoring father who was working to put his 17-year-old daughter through college.

"They were inseparable," Pena's weeping sister, Araseli Pena, told DNAinfo New York. "I don't know how she is going to handle this."

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