Affidavit says Chattanooga bus driver was going too fast

Courtesy: Twitter -  Chattanooga Fire Department
Courtesy: Twitter - Chattanooga Fire Department

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) –  According to an arrest affidavit, a school bus driver was going at a high speed when the bus crashed, killing five students and injuring more than 20 others.

Johnthony Walker, 24 (Courtesy: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Johnthony Walker, 24 (Courtesy: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)

The affidavit, which was posted online by Chattanooga station WTVC, says driver Johnthony Walker, 24, was driving well above the posted speed limit of 30 mph Monday afternoon when the bus left the narrow, winding road and eventually struck a tree. Thirty-five students from kindergarten through fifth grade were on board when the bus flipped.

Walker was arrested and has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, along with reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

The affidavit says the charges were brought against Walker because of the reckless nature of his driving combined with his high rate of speed. Walker’s bond was set at $107,500.

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