Edwin Rivera, a 22-year-old with cerebral palsy, was left over night in New York in the freezing temperature on New Year’s Eve after a bus driver left him on the bus in the depot. Criminal charges are being considered.
Linda Hockaday, 51, who helps the bus driver, faces charges of first- and second-degree reckless endangerment since she was aware that he was asleep on the bus but did not tell the driver. The temperature went done to 15 degrees that night.
The criminal case is analogous to the charges this week against a father and uncle who had youngsters try to walk ten miles in a winter storm in Idaho. Notably, however, they were charged with the second-degree murder of the young girl while here the charges seem more tailored. The case is also similar to the recent controversy over the abandonment of individuals in a hospital, here and here.
Hockaday could face a sentence of up to seven years if charged and convicted. Presumably the family will also file a tort lawsuit in addition to any criminal charge.
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