While no one should be using a cell phone while driving, there are a few people that you think should be completely barred from using them at work such as ambulance drivers, government employees in government vehicles, and school bus drivers. As the Times Free Press reports, one Chattanooga man is facing a litany of charges in connection with an accident that claimed the lives of six children.
Johnthony Walker, the school bus driver responsible in the deaths of six Woodmore Elementary School students, faces an additional 21 charges in connection with the November 21, 2016 crash.
Police say that Walker was speeding when he over-corrected and wrapped the school bus around a tree after crashing into a telephone pole. Six of the 37 children on board the bus died and several dozen more were injured.
Initially, Walker was charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide, reckless aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and use of a portable electronic device by a school bus driver.
After securing additional indictments from grand juries, prosecutors filed an additional 14 counts of reckless aggravated assault and seven counts of assault this past Wednesday.
In total, Walker faces 34 charges against him.
Last week, the district attorney said that he would seek additional charges against Walker during a hearing to determine whether Walker was eligible for an alternative sentence. The “diversion” program would allow Walker as a first time offender to get his case dismissed and erased providing he completes probation, community service, or some other type of treatment.
Walker’s defense attorney said she plans to file a diversion application.
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