Hearing your child has been in an accident is enough to tear any parent apart. It’s even worse when you find out that accident resulted in your child losing their life. This is the reality that parents in Chattanooga, Tennessee are facing after a school bus crash Monday afternoon.
The bus, driven by 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, was transporting 37 children home from Woodmore Elementary School. All of the children were between the grades of kindergarten and 5th. Witnesses say the bus appeared to be speeding when it lost control, flipped on its side, and wrapped around a tree before being split in half. The accident resulted in 6 deaths, all children. Parents, witnesses, and officials were all horrified at the deadly site. It took hours to get all of the students off the bus and to safety. Many described the scene as horrific, a first responder’s worst nightmare.
Walker was arrested at the scene and has been charged with 5 counts of vehicular homicide. He was also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment. After the crash, many parents say they always thought he drove too fast at times.
Once the scene was cleared, officials turned their attention to the little black box found on every school bus. They issued a warrant to confiscate the box in order to see exactly how and why the accident occurred.
When Parent’s Intuition Strikes, Run a Criminal Background Check
Parents always know what’s best for their children. In this case, many of them got a bad vibe from Walker and his driving methods. Unfortunately, they learned the hard way that he should not have been operating that school bus. Surely, they’ll run a criminal background check the next time they get an uneasy feeling about someone who spends time with their children.
Walker will more than likely never be allowed to operate a public transportation vehicle again because this incident will be forever engraved in his public records. Parents everywhere can rest easy knowing this man will not get to endanger another child’s life. But should they ever come across him, all they need to do is search for him and go through his criminal records.