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Bus driver's convictions in deadly Va crash upheld

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Court of Appeals has upheld a bus driver's convictions for a crash that killed four passengers.

Kin Yiu Cheung was found guilty of four counts of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison for the May 2011 crash on Interstate 95 in Caroline County. Cheung was driving a bus for the low-fare Sky Express when he dozed off at the wheel. The bus veered off the highway and crashed.

The appeals court on Tuesday rejected Cheung's claim that prosecutors failed to prove a reckless disregard for human life. The court said there was ample evidence that Cheung knew he was in no condition to drive, including his heavy consumption of energy drinks and his own admission to police that he was sleepy right before the crash.

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