This Day in History: 1956-01-27
A young Bergenfield bus driver named Clark was convicted of causing death by reckless driving in an accident which had taken place on Jul 3, 1954 in which four people died. In the trial the prosecution developed evidence that Clark, who was returning with an empty bus from Monticello, had been without sleep for twenty-three hours. An eyewitness to the crash in Mahwah on Route 17, testified that the bus was straddling the center line of the highway when it crashed head on with a car driven by a driver from Brooklyn. Patrolman Fred Miller of the Mahwah police department testified that skid marks showed that the bus was a full five feet into the northbound lane. Killed were Eli Lubowsky, 45, his wife Edith, 39, Barry, their son, 8 and Mrs. Lubowsky’s brother Irvin Gechlik, 41. The only survivor besides Clark was Murray Lubowsky, 12, who suffered several fractures. He had since recovered from his injuries. The prosecutor maintained that clark had fallen asleep at the wheel. The jury was out for three hours before returning their guilty verdict. Clark was scheduled to be sentenced on Februaryy 17th by County Judge Arthur O’Dea.