Driver Arrested Nearly 1 Year After Deadly Miami Airport Bus Crash

Ramon Ferreiro, 47, faces three counts of vehicular homicide/reckless manner in connection to the Dec. 1, 2012 crash.

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013  |  Updated 4:34 PM CDT
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The driver of the bus that crashed into an overpass at Miami International Airport over the weekend was told not to go that way, survivors Maria Sanjines and Luis Jimenez said. Meantime, Violeta Cornejo was counting her blessings after she didn't make the trip.

The driver of the bus that crashed into an overpass at Miami International Airport over the weekend was told not to go that way, survivors Maria Sanjines and Luis Jimenez said. Meantime, Violeta Cornejo was counting her blessings after she didn't make the trip. "I don't understand why we always have to lose the good ones," said Penelope Narvaes, who was friends with Castillo. The bus' driver, Ramon Ferriero, could not be reached for comment.

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Authorities arrested the driver of a bus, which crashed at Miami International Airport almost a year ago, killing three people and injuring dozens of others.

Ramon Ferreiro, 47, faces three counts of vehicular homicide/reckless manner in connection to the Dec. 1, 2012 crash. He was arrested on Wednesday.

The arrest warrant said his bond amount was at $50,000. Ferreiro was released from jail at 4:50 a.m.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

A chartered bus carrying 32 members of a Jehovah's Witness congregation slammed into an overpass at the airport on the day of the accident.

Ferriero had been scheduled to take the group to a Jehovah’s Witnesses gathering in West Palm Beach but apparently got confused and drove to the airport before the 12-foot-high bus struck the 8-foot-6-inch concrete overpass entrance, police said.

Serafin Castillo, 86, was killed on impact, while Francisco Urana, 56, and Gliceria Emerida Garcia, 75, died at the hospital.

Authorities said that witnesses told them that just before the crash, Ferreiro was traveling at 33 miles per hour in a 15-mile-per-hour speed zone.

"Before he hit the overpass, he diregarded eight (8) low clearance warning signs equipped with amber lights," the statement of facts in support of the arrest warrant said.

Passengers aboard the bus also warned him that he was going the wrong way, and he continued to drive until the bus crashed into the lower level arrival entrance, the statement of facts in support of the arrest said.

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