The man who stole a box truck and slammed it into a city bus, killing the driver, is model Tyson Beckford’s nephew — and was drinking at a Fashion Week party with his famous uncle just hours before Wednesday’s crash, sources said.
Dominic Whilby, 23, who sources said will be charged with murder in
the 5:45 a.m. West Village collision, posted an Instagram photo of
himself with Beckford’s sexy Victoria’s Secret model gal pal Shanina
Shaik at 1OAK two hours earlier.
“Happy Birthday Shanina!!!!” the scrawny Whilby posted with the photo.
Whilby was tossed from the exclusive nightclub and wandered over to
the nearby Dream Hotel, where he passed out in the lobby and was given
Whilby climbed to the roof of a West 16th Street building about a block away.
A neighbor who saw him on a fire escape called the cops to report a burglary, a law-enforcement source said.
He finally drifted into the street and — after he couldn’t find a
limo — stumbled upon the 18 Rabbits granola delivery truck parked with
the keys inside, sources said.
Whilby crashed into several parked cars as he barreled toward the
intersection of Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street, where he ran a red
light and struck the crosstown M14 driven by 17-year MTA veteran William
Pena, 50, cops said.
The bus jumped the sidewalk and crashed into a scaffolding, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt.
He was dead at the scene.
Four people suffered minor injuries in the crash, including a scooter
driver, a food cart vendor and customer, and a passenger on Pena’s bus.
Whilby was arrested and taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was awaiting arraignment last night.
“He admitted he was at a party with models and he was drinking and he
appeared to be drunk or high,” said a law-enforcement source, adding
that investigators drew blood from Whilby after he refused to take a
Whilby’s Instagram and Twitter pages reveal him as boozing party boy who likes to smoke marijuana first thing in the morning.
“Free spirited wild child. I’m a smoker, religious stoner If you
must. Smiles and Hugs will bring us together. Follow me bro ill follow
back!” the unhinged Whilby said on his Instagram page.
Representatives for Beckford did not respond to a request for comment.
Pena was the first city bus driver killed in the line of duty since
father-of-two Edwin Thomas was stabbed to death by a deadbeat on a
Brooklyn bus in December 2008.
The MTA said Pena was the first driver killed in a collision in more than 14 years.
Alex Pena, 40, called his brother “the best” and said his wife Nancy and teenage daughter were shattered.
“He loved everything. He was a great guy, no trouble, nothing. He was
just a great guy in every way you put it. It’s a tragedy this had to
happen. We’re grieving. It takes time. It’s just begun,” he said.
Neighbor Claudio Diaz, 88, said he burst into tears when he heard about the death of his friend.
“A wonderful guy. That was his work for years. It was his life. He
loved his job,” Diaz said. “The wife, the daughter, must be destroyed.”