NEW YORK - Edwin Rivera, a severely disabled 22-year-old, was supposed to be escorted home from his special-needs school.
Instead, authorities said Friday, a matron eager to get to an appointment knowingly stranded him on a bus where he spent an icy New Year's night alone. He was found, curled up and rocking, after more than 17 hours parked in a Brooklyn bus yard.
The matron, Linda Hockaday, was charged with reckless endangerment and fired.
"There's no excuse for it," said Peter R. Silverman, a lawyer for Outstanding Transport Inc., a company that specializes in transporting the disabled. "It's just inconceivable."
Hockaday, 51, did not enter a plea at her arraignment Friday; her bond was set at $2,500. Her lawyer, Candace Kurtz, said Hockaday has no criminal record.
A telephone number for Rivera's family rang unanswered Friday. One of his sisters, Khristine, told reporters Thursday the episode amounted to "negligence and stupidity."
"Just because he is the way he is doesn't mean he's less of a person," she said. "He just needs extra help."
Rivera's parents reported him missing after he didn't return from his school Wednesday evening.
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