Bus driver was texting prostitute in moments leading up to deadly Knox County crash

Lacey Easterly (source: KCSO)

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – WATE 6 On Your Side has learned the Knox County school bus driver at the center of the investigation into last year’s deadly crash was exchanging text messages with a prostitute in the moments leading up to the incident.

Evidence and documents obtained Tuesday from the Knox County District Attorney’s office confirmed James Davenport was texting when he crashed his bus into another school bus in December, killing two children and a teacher’s aide. The documents show he was reading a text message from a woman named Lacey at the time of the crash.

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An online search of her phone number turns up results on an escort website. Lacey Easterly, 25, is friends with Davenport on Facebook and is currently in jail on prostitution charges.

The investigation shows Davenport and Easterly had been exchanging a number of heated text messages the day of the crash.

Zykia Burns, 6, and Seraya Glasper, 7, both students at Sunnyview Primary School were killed in the crash, as was teacher’s aide Kimberly Riddle, 46.

Davenport was found dead at his home on June 1, 2015. The cause of death is listed with the sheriff’s office as natural causes, but autopsy results are still pending.

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