ITHACA, N.Y. – The driver of the Big Red Bullet bus that crashed last month is facing 33 criminal charges, including homicide by vehicle and 12 counts of aggravated assault by vehicle.

Charles Dwight Dixon, of the Bronx, was driving the coach bus when it crashed off the side of I-380 near Covington Township Pennsylvania on Oct. 14. The bus was traveling from Ithaca to New York City with 13 passengers on board.

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Rebecca Blanco, a 2017 graduate of Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, died in the crash. An Ithaca resident was airlifted from the scene, and several other passengers were treated for injuries.

Dixon told police at the time that he fell asleep at the wheel.

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The 33 charges against Dixon were filed in the Pennsylvania District Court in Lackawanna County. In addition to the homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle felony charges, Dixon is charged with homicide and aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, as well as involuntary manslaughter and 12 counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Here is the full list of charges Dixon faces:

  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (12)
  • Disregard Traffic Lane
  • Careless Driving
  • Homicide by Vehicle
  • Aggravated Assault by Vehicle (12)
  • Homicide by Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence
  • Aggravated Assault by Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence
  • Reckless Driving
  • DUI: Controlled Substance (Metabolite – 1st Offense)
  • Operating/Permitted Operating with Unsafe Equipment

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.