Driver in fatal tour bus crash has hearing delayed

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Posted: Oct 01, 2014 12:52 PM

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A court commissioner has rescheduled a preliminary hearing for the driver in a fatal Delaware tour bus crash after the man, who speaks little English, couldn't answer simple questions at a court appearance.

Fifty-six-year-old Jinli Zhao of Flushing, New York, is charged with two counts of operating a vehicle causing the death of another person in the Sept. 21 crash. Two passengers were killed and dozens of others were injured.

Besides not being able to answer questions, Zhao also appeared Wednesday without a lawyer.

A prosecutor says he had spoken by phone with a New York lawyer who intends to represent Zhao, but the lawyer has not filed papers to appear in Delaware.

Through a friend acting as an interpreter, Zhao asked for a month's delay and was granted a Nov. 5 hearing.