Former Chattanooga school bus driver found guilty in deadly crash

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WATE) - A jury in Chattanooga has found a former school bus driver guilty of six counts of criminally negligent homicide in a crash that killed six students in 2016.

Johnthony Walker faced a 34 count indictment, which included vehicular homicide. Criminally negligent homicide is a lesser charge. WTVC-TV reports Walker was also found guilty of using his phone as a bus driver, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 24. Walker will be out of jail on bond until then.

Prosecutor Crystle Carrion said Walker was driving 50 mph on a narrow, winding road when the bus ran off the road, hit a pole, overturned and hit a tree. Carrion said Walker was speeding and using his cell phone at the time.

Walker testified Wednesday, denying he was on his cell phone and saying he was traveling 35 mph when he approached a curve, and another vehicle dipped into his lane. A Chattanooga police officer testified there was no evidence of a second vehicle.

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