On Monday five kids were killed during a tragic school bus crash. Right before the crash, Chattanooga bus driver asks kids if they are "ready to die."
The driver Johnthony Walker is 24 years old. He has been charged with reckless endangerment, vehicular homicide and reckless driving.
Johnthony Walker, 24, charged w/ 5 counts vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment & reckless driving in Talley Rd school bus crash. pic.twitter.com/9ZTIpXUZNl
— Chattanooga Police (@ChattanoogaPD) November 22, 2016
An unidentified mother, who has 3 kids on the bus, was told that just before the crash Walker asked the kids if they are ready to die. Just seconds after he asked this one of her kids were killed.
ABC has reported that Walker was involved in another crash just two months ago. In this crash there were no injuries. For his actions, Walker was cited with a failure to yield. It is not certain whether or not the district took any disciplinary actions for Walker's failure to yield, but he was able to drive again in a very short amount of time.
Jasmine Mateen, another mother of a student on the bus, told NBC that she has been complaining about Walker's driving for months. One of her daughters died during the accident and 2 others were severely injured.
This statement was from Mateen, according to NBC:
“I’ve been calling y’all since August,” Mateen said she told them, according to NBC. “I said, ‘Now y’all doing what y’all supposed to been doing now that it’s too late ... Y’all doing what y’all supposed to be doing, but my baby is laying in a cold freezer.’”
A very tragic story with a very sad ending that maybe could have been prevented.