The driver of a bus that crashed last Sunday in Williams, California had a long criminal history and several motor vehicle offenses. Despite this history, he was allowed to drive a busload of senior citizens traveling to a casino when he veered off the road and into a ditch. Eight people died in the accident, and at least thirty were injured.
Though critically injured, the driver, Quintin Watts, has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. In addition to Watts questionable past, the bus he was operating belonged to a corporation who state registration has lapsed, and the bus itself had invalid license plates and ID numbers.
Remarkably, the driver’s mother even feared for the passengers when she heard her son would be carrying passengers. She told reporters she and her husband did not want her son driving because, “he wasn’t the best driver.”
Watts has a conviction for failing to wear a seat belt, and was also was convicted of speeding and failing to appear in court on Dec. 30, 2005, and Feb. 22, 2006.