School bus driver in deadly crash was involved in bus accident 2 months ago
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) - The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security says Johnthony Walker, the man charged with five counts of vehicular homicide in Monday's elementary school bus crash, was involved in another bus crash two months ago.
A police report says Walker took a turn too widely and side-swiped another car in September.
Now, a flag is drooping at half-mast next to the Hamilton County bus garage. Inside Durham School Services' office, no one would answer our questions about their employee, Walker, who was driving Bus 366 when it crashed Monday afternoon.
A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation background check came back clean, but Walker's driving record from the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security shows he had been in two accidents in the last two years before Monday's fatal crash.
One was just two months ago in Chattanooga in a school bus.
Walker's license was suspended after an earlier accident in 2014. The report says after the crash, he failed to show proof of insurance.
Cassandra Chance says she often crosses paths with Walker while taking her son to preschool each morning.
"I have seen him multiple times," she said. "There's four stop signs. I'm coming this way and he's coming this way and I always have to slam on my brakes, because he always just goes right through."
Chance says she and her husband reported a different bus driver they believe was texting and driving last year.
"We called the county," Chance said.
But after no one followed up with her, she didn't bother to call to report Walker.
"I feel guilty. I feel like we should have said something before, but after the report we made the first time, I just feel like nobody is listening to us," Chance said. "We are the little people in the community and they wait until something like this happens."
Walker's mother shared a statement with CNN. Gwenevere Cook said, "My heart of love is going out for all that was in harm's way of God's will."