Bus driver's wife says he's hurting too

March 21, 2011 8:30:35 PM PDT
Fifteen people never came home to Chinatown that morning. Now, for the first time, we'll hear from the bus driver's wife, who says her husband is suffering too.

"At this point, I'm all cried out. I don't know where to go from here," Holly Williams said.

Williams spoke with us on the doorstep of her Herkimer Street home.

Upstairs, she says her husband, Ophadell, is still trying to process how the bus he was driving ran off the road.

"He's very hurt, withdrawn. He has injuries also," she said.

In the weeks since /*Ophadell Williams*/ was identified as the driver in the */Bronx tour bus accient*/, unflattering details about his past have come to light. A manslaughter conviction, prison time for grand larceny and driving without a valid license.

His wife says she just knows him as a loving father and husband.

"I don't think your past should dictate your future. Everyone deserves a second chance," she said.

Ever since the accident on March 12, Holly says she's had to shield their 6-year old daughter from news accounts about her father's criminal past.

Williams has been questioned by investigators, who are looking into whether he may have been asleep or distracted when the bus crashed on I-95, killing 15 people and injuring 18 others.

"It's a nightmare and it's something you can't wake up from," Holly Williams said.

Aside from trying to bolster her husband's image, Holly wants the families of the victims to know how very sorry she and especially her husband are.

"Our condolences go out to the families," she said.

Despite his own injuries, Williams' lawyers say he played a role in helping the injured passengers after the bus crashed.