The driver in a Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six children had previously alarmed students, parents and faculty with his driving, according to complaints obtained by CNN. A principal expressed concern about Johnthony Walker’s driving twice in the weeks before the crash, students claimed he was trying to injure them and a parent, responding to complaints he had cursed at children and tried to hurt them with his driving, threatened to beat Walker up, the records allege. Last week, the 24-year- old Walker was driving students home from school when his bus slammed into a tree at such a speed that the vehicle bent in half on impact.
Thirty-seven children were on the bus. Six of them, ages 6 to 10, died. Dozens sustained injuries. A city mourned. Walker now faces multiple vehicular homicide charges, as well as charges of reckless endangerment and reckless driving. Investigators have said that while no traces of alcohol or drugs were found in Walker’s blood, he was barreling down an unapproved bus route at well over the speed limit.
By CNN Wire, updated 10:03AM, November 28, 2016
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