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Driver In Deadly Bus Crash Had Been In Accident Before

| by Michael Doherty

A Chattanooga school bus driver has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide after an accident that left five children dead. 

Johnthony Walker, 24, was driving over the 30-miles-per-hour speed limit when the school bus flipped on its side, leaving five elementary school students dead, and around 20 others injured. Twelve of the children remain hospitalized, with six in critical condition, according to the Daily Mail.

New information has emerged linking Walker to another bus accident in September, only two months before the deadly November crash. A police report places Walker in a bus that hit an SUV crossing into an oncoming lane.

No children were in the front seats of the bus during the first crash, and no injuries were reported. Walker reportedly received a citation for failing to yield, according to ABC News.

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A news conference also revealed that Walker had only recently received his license to drive a school bus in April and had had his personal driver's license suspended for a month previously for failure to show proof of insurance.

Jasmine Mateen, a mother of three whose 6-year-old daughter died in the crash, said that she had been contacting the school about Walker's behavior on the bus for months before the accident happened, as well called the Board of Education and written letters directly to Walker.

"My daughter said right before the bus flipped that he was speeding around the curve and asked them 'Are y'all ready to die?'" said Mateen, according to WNCN.

She added that just a week before the hangover, Walker had allegedly told the kids on his bus to "Shut the f**k up, I have a hangover."

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"Y'all doing what y'all supposed to be doing but my baby laying in cold freezer," said a tearful Mateen.

Walker faces five charges of vehicular homicide, as well as charges of reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Sources: Daily Mail, ABC News, WNCN / Photo Credit: Facebook via Daily Mail

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