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Kin Yiu Cheung, driver in fatal Va. bus crash appears in court

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(AP, ABC7) - A judge in Virginia has continued a bond hearing for the man who was at the wheel of a discount interstate bus when it crashed on Interstate 95, killing four passengers and injuring dozens more.

The bond hearing Wednesday for bus driver Kin Yiu Cheung centered on whether he is a flight risk, as a prosecutor contends.

Police say Cheung was fatigued when the Sky Express bus bound for New York City swerved off the highway, hit an embankment and overturned with 58 people aboard.

Cheung’s wife testified Wednesday, saying her husband had twice traveled back to China – though officials said they have no record.

Moreover, Cheung apparently doesn’t live at the Flushing, N.Y. address listed on his driver’s license.

The hearing was rescheduled for June 15 so the defendant's attorney could present a passport.

Cheung is charged with four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter in the May 31 crash about 30 miles north of Richmond.

The federal government shut down Sky Express after last week’s fatal accident. But it’s accused of trying to sneak back into business by re-painting its buses and selling tickets under a new name.

American Bus Association President Peter Pantuso checked out Sky Express’ North Carolina address using Google Earth, the online site that allows users to see street views of locations.

It showed a house in a residential neighborhood. No office building and no buses.

He is being held without bond.

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