Tyson Beckford’s Nephew Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal New York City Bus Collision

February 13, 2014  |  

Sources: WENN, Karim Muhammad

A fatal collision occurred in Greenwich Village early yesterday morning when a truck plowed into a city bus. The bus’ operator, William Pena, was thrown from the vehicle. He later died beneath the wheels of the bus. The driver of the truck was 22-year-old Domonic Whilby of Georgia, reports The New York Daily News.

Just hours before the pre dawn collision, Whilby was celebrating at a birthday bash at club 1 Oak for supermodel Shanina Shaik with his famous uncle, Tyson Beckford. Sources say that after a night of hard partying Whilby was escorted from the club around 3:30 am and was thrown out of Dream Downtown Hotel after he passed out on the second floor. Onlookers say that he became irritated when he was unable to locate the limousine that was scheduled to pick him up. The super at two W. 16th St. apartment buildings, Victor Vega, says that he witnessed Whilby randomly pound on multiple apartment doors.

“He was sweating like a mad dog,” said Vega. “He had to be high on drugs. He started kicking and banging the doors.”

Shortly after, Vega says Whilby jumped into a running 10 Rabbits Granola truck and sped away after the truck’s driver got out to make an early morning delivery. One witness tells NYDN that Whilby blew though a red light just moments before the fatal crash.

“It’s just the wrong place at the wrong time, I guess,” said the victim’s cousin, Edwin Espinal. “That’s what happened to William — an honest, working guy and he paid the consequences. Unbelievable.”

“William was a great person,” added Pena’s brother, Alex Pena. “I can’t say no more about him, great person … He was a great guy every way you can put it.”

Four others were injured in the accident, including a person on a scooter, who was dragged 50 ft.

“He didn’t even brake,” said Eddie Abdelmoty. “My tires blew up … He went right through the red light at the end of the block.”

Police say Whilby suffered minor neck injuries. Once apprehended by officers, he was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was likely tested for drugs and alcohol. He is facing 10 charges, some of which include manslaughter, two counts of grand larceny, three counts of criminal assault, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

Pena leaves behind a wife and 14-year-old daughter. Beckford’s manager has declined to comment on the tragedy.

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  • lockstress

    Wrong place wrong time?? Maaann….please!
    Uhm…you going to jail, you killed a man and you better not drop the soap!

  • Kristen

    They took down the photos and description on his instagram page but this kid loved to let everyone know he’s reckless, a dopehead and loves to drink. This was completely preventable and in my mind, no accident. I don’t understand how anyone can be so stupid and careless. The victim was looking forward to retirement. I really hope he spends the rest of his life in prison. At least he won’t be partying and getting high anymore.

  • Ilka Missb

    So another ignorant idiot on drugs or alcohol kills innocent people through his actions and he only got MINOR NECK INJURIES? Ugh!

  • PleaseDOBetter

    I understand that this young man is Tyson’s nephew, but why is his name all through this article when Tyson has nothing to do with this collision?
    My condolences for Mr. Pena’s loved ones.

  • Cleveland Cutie

    What a tragedy, prayers for Mr. Pena’s family. This idiot deserves the maximum amount of time!

  • Keland

    That’s awful.
    I am wondering if the bus driver was wearing a seat belt.
    Here where I live, bus drivers will put the seat belt on but not actually fasten it.

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  • Nita

    Unbelievable! a 14-heard old girl will now grow up without her father because of this rich entitled jerk. His family should be ashamed!

    • blackdolphin

      Tyson was not the driver!

    • Trisha_B

      How you know he was rich? Just b/c his uncle is a celeb, doesn’t mean his nephew is reaping the benefits