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School Bus Driver Faces 35 Counts of Aggravated Assault


A 29-year-old school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to 35 counts of aggravated assault from a crash that occurred last November.

Details of the Crash and Resulting Charges

According to FOX 17, Christina Mathis was indicted in April on 35 charges of aggravated assault and one charge of reckless endangerment for her role in a school bus crash that occurred on Interstate 65 last November.

Records indicate that Mathis was transporting students from Chester County High School when she lost control of the bus and struck a guardrail, causing the bus to overturn.

23 students were injured in the accident with two students suffering critical injuries.

Mathis initially told investigators that steering issues and high winds caused the accident; however, an inspection of the bus showed not mechanical defects. Authorities believe speed was a factor in the crash.

School Transportation Accident 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 pedestrians, bicyclists, 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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