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Distracted Bus Driver Kills Three

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Brian Hendricks2 years ago

A distracted bus driver in Knoxville, Tennessee crashed into another county bus, killing 3 and injuring 24 others last December. According to news reports, the driver was texting during the fatal accident.

Details about the Knoxville Bus Crash

James Davenport, the school bus driver responsible for the accident, reportedly sent several text messages right before the crash. Davenport’s bus veered to the left unexpectedly, striking another Knox County bus.

The two buses carried a combination of 43 passengers. As a result of the collision, 3 passengers were killed, 24 were injured, and 16 were uninjured. Kim Riddle, 46, Zykia Burns, 6, and Seraya Glasper, 7, all died as a result of the tragic accident.

Davenport died earlier this week, but his cause of death has not yet been specified. As a result of Davenport’s death, Knox County Deputy District Attorney Kyle Hixson said “there will be no criminal prosecution stemming from this case”.

A Knoxville law firm has claimed that, based on all of the available information, they will “file a detailed wrongful death suit on behalf of the respective families in the very near future”.

Distracted Driving Statistics

The following information has been provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • More than 9 people are killed and 1,153 people injured every day in the U.S. as a result of distracted driving
  • Distracted driving involves things like texting, talking on a cell phone, and eating
  • In 2012, a total of 3,328 people died in accidents involving distracted driving
  • Distracted drivers caused 17% of the accidents in which injuries were reported
  • 69% of drivers in the U.S. reported talking on the phone while driving
  • 31% reported texting or emailing while driving


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