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Bus passenger arrested after crash

A male passenger aboard the bus that crashed in Caroline County this morning was arrested for obstruction of justice.
Immediately following the fatal Interstate 95 crash, Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said a man insisted on standing in moving traffic on the interstate and taking pictures of the crash scene, where four women were killed and dozens were injured.

Pavion O'Connor

Troopers directed the man to move out of the travel lane and to the side with other passengers for his own safety and to prevent another crash, Geller said. But the man repeatedly refused and struggled with the troopers as they tried to escort him to the side of the interstate.

Pavion R. O’Connor, 29, of Raleigh was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. He was transported to Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover County and placed on a $2,500 bond.
Before being arrested, O’Connor was treated at VCU Healthsystem in Richmond.

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Permalink: http://news.fredericksburg.com/carolinecrossroads/2011/05/31/bus-passenger-arrested-after-crash/

  • Gina

    I hope consideration was given that this man was possibly in shock or suffering from a head injury. He was most likely confused, perhaps looking for a wife, child, friend. Everyone reacts to traums in a different way.
    I was not there, but I feel just removing him from the scene would have served the same purpose. I hope to hear this case is dismissed.

  • Gina

    *trauma

  • havingfun

    Um, Gina….did you read the part that said he was TAKING PICTURES? I don’t think people in shock or looking for a loved one or friend would be stopping to take pictures!

  • Kay G. Watson

    In most situations, I am a strong supporter of the police but in this case, do you think that perhaps this is an overreaction on their part? I think they could have just restrained him and removed him from the highway and put him in the ambulance. And he may have been taking pictures for insurance purposes.

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