Saturday, June 13, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Tennessee School Bus Driver Was Texting Before Crash

"Police say driver in deadly school bus crash was texting" Associated Press  June 06, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee school bus driver was texting at the time of a crash that killed two young girls and an aspiring teacher last year, accident investigators said Friday.

James Davenport, who has since died, had sent and received multiple texts leading up to the time the two buses collided in December, Knoxville police said. Officers have met with the victims’ families to inform them of the results of the investigation.

‘‘This has been a very difficult procedure for all involved, and hopefully, this has provided the families another step in their healing process,’’ police said in the statement.

Police said they were informed that Davenport died this week as they were nearing the conclusion of their investigation. Knox County sheriff’s officials said he apparently died of natural causes.

Deputy District Attorney Kyle Hixson said that because of Davenport’s death, his office will bring no criminal case.

The buses were traveling in opposite directions on a highway when Davenport made a left turn across the concrete median and crashed into the other bus.


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