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Driver in Fatal Chattanooga Bus Crash Charged with Statutory Rape

The school bus driver involved in a fatal 2016 crash that left six children dead in Chattanooga has been booked on a felony charge of aggravated statutory rape.

Suspect Was Out on Bond Prior to Statutory Rape Arrest

According to the Tennessean, Johnthony K. Walker, 25, was booked into Davidson County Jail at 9:45 pm Thursday on a felony charge of aggravated statutory rape of a 14-year-old. He is being held at the Hill Detention Center, a maximum security facility, on a $350,000 bond.

Walker was previously found guilty on six counts of criminally negligent homicide, 11 counts of reckless aggravated assault, and seven counts of assault for a fatal school bus crash that killed six children in November 2016. He was also found guilty of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and distracted driving.

While Walker had been sentenced to 4 years in prison, he was free on bond pending an appeal prior to his latest arrest in Nashville.

Walker will appear in court on Monday.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

  • There were 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes in 2015, which was an 8 percent increase from the previous year.
  • From 2005 to 2015, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent, respectively, of all buses involved in crashes that were fatal.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of buses involved in crashes that caused fatalities increased from 236 to 261, which is an increase of 11 percent.

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