Trial date set for driver in fatal Woodmore Elementary School bus crash

Trial date set for driver in fatal Woodmore Elementary School bus crash

October 3rd, 2017 by Zack Peterson in Breaking News

Johnthony Walker, the bus driver charged in the school bus crash on Talley Road that left six children dead and others injured on Nov. 21, makes his first appearance in Judge Lila Statom's courtroom on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

CORRECTION: Attorneys came back and picked a different trial date.

Attorneys selected a trial date Tuesday for Johnthony Walker, the bus driver charged with killing six children in the 2016 Woodmore Elementary School bus crash.

Walker, 25, is scheduled to stand before a jury Feb. 27 in Hamilton County Criminal Court. He faces 34 charges from the Nov. 21 crash on Talley Road, including six counts of vehicular homicide, seven counts of assault and 18 counts of reckless aggravated assault.

Prosecutors say Walker was traveling about 50 mph in a 30 mph area, causing him to lose control and overcorrect into a tree. Walker's defense attorney, Amanda Dunn, recently said a second vehicle may have caused Walker to swerve right. It's not clear where Walker encountered the vehicle on Talley Road or who the driver is, prosecutors countered. Six children died and several more were injured in the crash.

Walker has remained in custody since the wreck, though last month a judge cut his $107,500 bond to $50,000. His next appearance is Dec. 19. Before that time, Walker's attorney could file more legal motions.


This story was updated Oct. 3 at 11:59 p.m.