Speeding Amtrak engineer charged in 2015 crash that killed 8

Randall Padilla
May 13, 2017

Earlier this week, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced that he would not press charges against Bostian because there was no evidence of criminal intent or responsibility. Per Pennsylvania law, involuntary manslaughter when it was a direct result of reckless or negligent behavior is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by two-and-a-half to five years in prison per charge. It was later ruled that radio chatter about a rock strike to a nearby SEPTA train's windshield stole Bostian's attention that night.

"This was something that never had to happen", survivor Robert Hewitt, of Nutley, New Jersey, told the Associated Press on the 1st anniversary of the crash past year.

A judge overruled the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office's decision to forgo charges against the conductor responsible for a 2015 Amtrak crash that killed 8 passengers.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office had announced Tuesday, as the two-year deadline to bring charges loomed Friday, that it couldn't prove Bostian acted with "conscious disregard" when he accelerated the train to 106 miles per hour on a 50 miles per hour curve.

A Philadelphia municipal court judge ordered the charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment against former Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian to be revived on Thursday.

"This would not have happened had a courageous family, the Jacobs family, not stood up against the decision of a local prosecutor not to press charges", Thomas R. Kline, an attorney for the Jacobs family, told the Associated Press.

The Attorney General's Office released a statement saying they had received the referral and were "carefully reviewing this important matter".

Court records list addresses for Bostian in New York City and in Somerville, Mass., near Boston.

Of the 238 passengers, eight were killed - Laura Finamore, James Gaines, Abid Gilani, Robert Gildersleeve, Derrick Griffith, Rachel Jacobs, Giuseppe Piras and Justin Zemser. Bostian also filed suit against Amtrak in January accusing the railroad of not providing him a safe working environment.

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the crash.

This portion of track was not equipped with positive train control or even a less technologically-advanced piece of equipment that could have prevented the train from traveling at such a speed.

Amtrak assistant conductor Brandon Bostian is seen outside a train at the Amtrak station in St. Louis in 2007.

Shapiro has expanded on charges filed a day earlier by a Philadelphia judge asked to approve a private criminal complaint sought by the family of a woman killed in the May 12, 2015, crash.

"This is a moment of justice".

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