No criminal charges against driver in fatal Knox County bus crash, due to his death

No criminal charges against driver in fatal Knox County bus crash, due to his death (Image 1)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – After more than a six month investigation, Knoxville Police Department said the driver of a Knox County school bus that crashed into another bus, killing three, was distracted due to sending and receiving text messages.

The driver of bus #44 from Chillhowee Intermediate, James Davenport, sent and received multiple text messages leading up to the crash, according to Knoxville Police Department.

The bus Davenport was driving served over a concrete median, crashing into the side of bus #57 from Sunnyview Primary School. Zykia Burns, 6, and Seraya Glasper, 7, both students at Sunnyview Primary School were killed in the crash, and teacher’s aide Kimberly Riddle, 46.

Davenport died of natural causes on Monday according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office, but they are still waiting for autopsy results.

Knoxville police said over the course of the past two days, investigators have met with victims’ family members to share the results of the investigation.

The District Attorney’s Office said in a press conference on Thursday that the office is “legally unable to pursue criminal charges” on Davenport, due to his death.

“We always want to seek justice,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kyle Hixson. “The fact that in some measure the families were not able to have this is upsetting.”

“This has been a very difficult procedure for all involved, and hopefully, this has provided the families another step in their healing process,” Knoxville Police Department released in a statement.

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