A Tennessee bus driver who was at the wheel when his vehicle crashed and killed six children has been indicted.
Johnthony Walker, 24, faces six charges of vehicular homicide as a result of the November 21 tragedy in Chattanooga.
Authorities have said Walker was speeding when the bus swerved into a tree with 37 elementary school students aboard.
He is alleged to have been driving around 20 miles per hour above the 30 miles per hour speed limit.
And police allege he was using a cellphone when the bus crashed.
Grand jurors have also charged Walker with four counts of reckless aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of reckless driving, and one count of use of portable electronic device by school bus driver, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.
All the children who died were aged between six and 10. The children killed by the crash were D’Myunn Brown, six, Zyaira Mateen, six, Cor’Dayja Jones, nine, Keyonte Wilson, eight, Zoie Nash, nine, and 10-year-old Zyanna Harris.
Walker’s arraignment is scheduled for March 24 before Criminal Court Judge Don Poole.
He has been in jail since the crash, and is facing an estimated 12 lawsuits as a result of the fatal crash.
His lawyer, Amanda Dunn, has previously said he’ll plead not guilty if indicted.
She said in December that evidence yet to be submitted suggested ‘different versions’ of what happened, especially in relation to the speed Walker was driving.
She also pointed out that her client had helped at least two children off the bus.
Students and administrators had raised concerns about Walker’s behavior behind the wheel in the weeks before the crash, it is alleged.
The company that provided the school district’s bus services, Durham School Services, has said it will implement millions of dollars in safety upgrades across the country in response to the crash.