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Driver charged in connection with last year’s shuttle crash

In an email sent to members of the Brandeis community on Nov. 3, Vice President for Campus Planning and Operations Lois Stanley, Chief of Public Safety Matt Rushton and Vice President for Student Affairs Andrea Dine told students that “the driver of the shuttle bus was criminally charged. The case will now move through the state court system.”

The three administrators also wrote that they “know that this has been an incredibly difficult year, particularly for the friends and family of Vanessa Mark and those who were injured. For those who may be struggling anew as the anniversary of the crash approaches, we encourage you to use the support services offered by Brandeis … We also invite the campus community to gather on Friday, November 17 at 2:15 p.m. in Fellows Garden for a moment of silence to remember all those affected by the accident.”

According to NBC Boston’s coverage of the charges, bus driver Jean Fenelon has “been charged with motor vehicle homicide and speeding.” It was also found that “Investigators with the Massachusetts State Police Crash Reconstruction Section allege that he was driving erratically and that immediately before the crash he was traveling 52 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone. He also failed to hit the brakes.”

At his recent arraignment, Fenelon was released without bond and ordered to “not to drive a motor vehicle without a license and to have no contact with any of the witnesses.” 

The family of Vanessa Mark, the Brandeis student who was killed in the crash, also filed suit against Joseph’s Transportation, the company that operated Brandeis’ shuttles. The next court date in the case against Fenelon is scheduled for Feb. 28, 2024.

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