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Bus Driver Indicted in Collision that Killed Six Children


A Tennessee school bus driver responsible for a fatal crash that killed six children has been charged with vehicular homicide according to an indictment released on Wednesday.

 About the Fatal Accident and Resulting Indictment

According to Reuters, Johnthony Walker has been indicted on six counts of vehicular homicide as well as several other criminal counts in connection with last year’s fatal accident.

Authorities investigating the November crash said Walker, 24, was speeding and using his phone when the bus he was operating veered off the road, overturned, and struck a tree.

The tragic incident resulted in the deaths of six children and the injury of more than a dozen other children.

Included with the vehicular homicide charges were four counts of reckless aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and use of a cellphone behind the wheel of a school bus. If found guilty, Walker faces 30 years in prison.

Walker is due to appear before a judge on March 24.

School Transportation Crash Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,344 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes recorded between 2004 and 2013. This averages to 134 fatalities per year.
  • Of the 1,344 fatalities, only 8 percent were occupants of school transportation vehicles.
  • Most (71%) of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes.
  • Nonoccupants, including pedestriansbicyclists, etc., accounted for 21 percent of the fatalities.
  • Among the 106 occupants killed in school transportation vehicles between 2004 and 2013, 45 were drivers and 61 were passengers.

 

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