After a fatal accident near Scranton, a 22-year-old man is facing homicide charges.
Jiayuan Liang was driving a passenger-filled Universal Bus Travel van from Chinatown in New York City to Binghamton when it hit the median, rolled over, and hit a tree. One witness watched the van speed by him on Interstate 380 going northbound, and he told police he could not believe how fast the van was going, given the poor, icy weather conditions. It is estimated that Liang was driving at least 80mph and that his van's rear tires were also worn. State police also note that the van was carrying more passengers than it was designed to hold safely. The van was a 2012 Mercedes Benz Sprinter, and it should not have been carrying any more than 12 people.
After the crash, Liang's legs were pinned against the seat, and he sustained major head injuries. Many of the passengers in the van were trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle. One person died in the crash: 30-year-old Jianuw Zhang of Ithaca, NY. He died at Geisinger Community Medical Center.
Liang has been charged with aggravated assault by vehicle, homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another, accidents involving overturned vehicles, driving a vehicle at unsafe speeds, careless driving, and reckless endangering.
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