A 24-year-old school bus driver, Johnthony Walker, is in prison today and facing bond of over $100,000, but The Tennessean recently reported that this was not Walker’s first mishap while behind the wheel of a school bus. According to the paper, he was driving a school bus in September when he sideswiped a car, but “no one was injured and neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to have been a factor in the wreck.” Walker was employed by the Illinois based Durham School Services who are working with the police and he reportedly had his license suspended for a month in 2014.
Rare recently reported that a child aboard the bus claimed that Walker cried, “I hope you’re ready to die,” before the fatal crash. Gwenevere Cook told CNN that her son called her only moments after the crash and said, “Mama, I love you. I have been in a drastic accident.”
The mother said that Walker held two jobs for two years and “has never been in trouble before.” She urged compassion to those following the story, but the question remains why Walked was behind the wheel. After having his license suspended and already crashing a school bus, he likely should have at least been put on temporary leave. Neither the Chattanooga police or Durham School Services could be reached for comment.