This is SO devastating! After a Chattanooga school bus crashed, killing 5 children and injuring several more, parents understandably want answers. And it seems like one father, who’s related to 3 young victims, may have a few regarding the bus’ 24-year-old driver who’s been arrested. The dad claims the man routinely drove fast, and he even felt uneasy about his kids riding with him!
Looks like Johnthony Walker, 24, the driver of the Chattanooga school bus that flipped over on Nov. 21, killing five elementary school children, had a history of driving a bit too fast — at least according to one parent who routinely saw him pick up his daughter, stepson, and niece. In fact, the father, Craig Harris, admitted to ABC News that he was a bit uneasy about Johnthony driving his kids to and from school every day!
WATCH: “Yes… that’s the reason why I try to be there in the mornings.” – father of children on crashed bus says he’s always had worries pic.twitter.com/FLSxsbKvNz
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 22, 2016
And while Craig told the news outlet he doesn’t know Johnthony personally, he HAS seen him drive a “little faster than he probably should be going” in a posted speed limit of 30 mph. “That’s the reason why I tried to be there in the mornings when he’s pulling up,” Craig explained.
“And also in the evenings because some days he would come up the street and drop them off, some days he would go down the street and drop them off and I’m not a bus driver so I’m not sure what their protocol is. But I kind of figured that wasn’t something he was supposed to be doing.” Apparently Craig isn’t the only one who thinks Johnthony’s actions may have been questionable.
After all, The National Transportation Safety Board is reportedly investigating him. The 24-year-old has also been arrested and was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. He is due to appear in court later this month.
“I had to sit down and really just gain my composure,” Craig said about the moment he learned his family members were involved in the horrific accident. “I had to calm my wife down and other family members that were also affected by this and it’s something I never want to face again.”
Luckily Craig’s children and niece seem to be recovering well, but according to him it won’t be an easy road. “My daughter and my stepson, they’re in a lot of pain and a little bit of shock still, but for the most part, they’re fine,” the father revealed. “My niece, she’s in recovery this morning. She just got out of surgery about an hour ago and they’re just keeping a close eye on her.”
Apparently Craig’s niece’s injuries were so severe doctors said she was at risk of losing an arm because of a torn vein that had to be replaced. “She’s looking at a long road of recovery and a lot more surgeries, but she’s here,” Craig said. And although he “almost lost it” when he found out what happened, he’s just thankful his kids are alive and finds comfort in how the Chattanooga community handled the situation. “For me, there was a silver lining in this, because I did see my city come together yesterday,” Craig said.
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