UPDATE: Sixth Child Dies; Three Remain Critical; Two in Fair Condition; 25 Others Released in Chattanooga Bus Crash

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Speed has continued to be the primary factor behind a deadly bus crash that killed six elementary school children and left five in extremely critical condition one day before the Chattanooga Tennessee School closed for Thanksgiving Day vacation.

Johnthony Walker, 24, has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. He is being held in lieu of $107,500.00 bond. he is likely to be charged with an additional count of vehicular homicide. 

The Monday crash, which sliced the bus in half down to the chassis, occurred on Talley Road, a curving country road, at approximately 3:30pm EST and was the only vehicle involved in the crash. Police have indicated Walker was driving at excessive speeds, clearly more than the 30mph posted limit and road conditions were not considered a factor. 

The medical conditions on the children in critical condition range from severe head, neck and spinal trauma. Names of the victims are being released by funeral providers and confirmed through family members. 

The children involved in the crash, were being transported home from Woodmere Elementary School, which where all they all attended. Woodmere houses kindergartners to fifth grades making the children ages five to ten.

Second Accident For Bus Driver

Walker has been the target of numerous complaints with one mother complaining repeatedly to the Board of Education, Durham School Services, the company who operates the buses, and the principal of the school that the children, one of whom died in the crash, were injured repeatedly when Walker drove them.

The complaints, in letters and phone calls reported in NBC.com were fromJasmine Mateen, and included multiple incidences of braking sharply so to cause the children to jerk forward and hit their heads, fear, intimidation, bullying and verbal abuse.

The principal went as far as to read the letter to Walker, in front of the children, who from all accounts shrugged his shoulders and said, "'So, I'd do it again."'

On the day of the crash, the same mother said two of her other daughters, both of whom sustained treatable injuries, said he had been speeding, jerking the steering wheel, and drinking on the job and ominously asked the children "'are you ready to die?"'.

The devastating and deadly crash is the second for Walker who had a property damage accident recently and records show his license had been suspended in 2014 for failure to show proof of insurance. Allegedly he has no other vehicle related accidents in Tennessee.

First Responders Arrive on the Scene

Chief of Chattanooga Police Fred Fletcher explain during a press conference posted on the micro-messaging platform Twitter the "a bus accident with multiple injuries is every public servants' worst nightmare."

First-responders which run the range of Fire, Police, EMS and medical officials "worked for many hours, using specialized tool and strategies to remove all children. Advanced technology used to process the scene. A warrant issued to remove black bus and to review the bus video or multiple video cameras," Fletcher added.

Officials described the scene as chaotic with 35 known victims, inside the bus, taking nearly two hours to extract the final victim from the vehicle.

An accident reenactment, shown on multiple media organizations, shows the bus traveling at a high rate of speed, swerving off the right side of the road, attempting to right itself, flipping, sliding on its side at a high rate of speed along the road, flipping again and slamming into a pole careening off the mailbox and driveway and slamming into a tree which sliced through the vehicle roof.

Surviving children are talking with media and have all said the driver walked away from the bus and "'just left us."' Walker's mother, Gwenevere Cook, confirmed her son had multiple communications with her after the crash explaining the initial crash and then the fatalities. She explained what had happened attributing the cause to "God's will."

Chief Fletcher has indicated more chargers may be brought against Walker as this case proceeds to the Grand Jury.  

Image courtesy of Chattanooga Fire Department posted on via Chattanooga Police Twitter. Chattanooga Fire Department/Handout Via Reuters.

This is a developing story.

Haute Tease

  • Rose Quartz Self-Love Eye Mask Review - Cool, Soothing, Luxurious

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Parisian trained Angela Caglia, esthetician to Hollywood's celebrity elite, has recently created an at home facial collection that allows women (and men) to enjoy the benefits of her La Vie En Rose skincare products in private from home.

     
  • The Islamic State and The Façade of Civility

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The attack perpetrated in the spring by a Chechen-born French confirms ISIS's ability to adapt to our vigilance by being able to strike anywhere, at any time and via individuals sometimes on the sidelines of the networks terrorists.

     
  • National Geographic Channel Announces Spring Line-up

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The National Geographic Channel, which recently celebrated its 15th Anniversary, has announced its spring 2016 lineup which includes specials on extremism in Fighting ISIS and poaching in Battle for Virunga and the critically acclaimed documentary He Named Me Malala.

     
  • Par ici la Sortie... ?

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Présenté par le Président Macron comme issue de secours à un pays paralysé par la gangue d'un environnement politique et social obsolète, le nouveau monde peine à voir le jour.

     
  • Kahoot! Reaches 1 Billion Players

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Kahoot!, the global game-based learning platform, today announced that it has reached 1 billion cumulative participating players since its launch, making it one of the fastest growing learning brands in the world.  

  • The Hermosa Inn Arizona Review – Luxurious Hideaway; Luscious Cuisine; Enchanting Vistas

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, Arizona, an exclusive Phoenix enclave that’s just minutes from bustling Scottsdale, lies a AAA Four Diamond boutique hideaway called Hermosa Inn, a luxury experience complete with the Four Diamond Lon’s Restaurant.

     
  • Haute Money: FORBES Announces Its 34th Annual FORBES 400 Ranking of the Richest Americans

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The combined wealth of Forbes’ 2015 ranking of the richest people in America,“The Forbes 400”(p. 130 of the October 19, 2015 Forbes magazine issue), is $2.34 trillion, up from $2.29 trillion in 2014 and the highest ever.

     
  • Op/Ed: Thought Police (Oops, Medicare) For All

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The new Medicare for All bill (H.R. 1384) has come and hopefully will go the way of the pet rock. Everybody knows the basics: the government will take care of all medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, and long-term care services with no out-of-pocket expenses.

     
  • Marco Polo Review – Intoxicating, Passionate, An Epic Masterpiece

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "Marco Polo," the newest miniseries produced by The Weinstein Company and Netflix debuts in its entirety, immediately captures and seduces with the ancient lands of China, the Kublai Khan dynasty its imagery, mystery, exotic arts and allure.

     
  • UPDATED: Terrorist Shot Dead in France Supermarket Attack

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Authorities stormed the Super U grocery store in Trebes, France, a small town in the South, where an Islamic State loyalist had been holed up demanding release of one of the collaboraters of the October 2015 attacks, killing him.  

     
  • Beltway Insider: Looking Back/Fifty Days of Trump; Cyber/Wiretapping; US AG’s Fired; Russia; Germany; Biden SXSW

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Trump Presidency has recently passed Day 50 with it a tale of two presidencies vividly emerge one of appointments, executive orders, foul ups and tweets followed by resignations, criticisms, impeachment efforts, media bans, great solidarity, and, of course, Russia.

     
  • Mom Charged in Newborn’s Homicide

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Amanda Catherine Hein, 26, recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy in the bathroom of a local Bethlehem, Pennsylvania sports bar and promptly smothered him to death and stuffed his remains in the toilet tank.

     
  • HL Lifestyle: The Cost of Child Care in Every State

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Deciding to have a child is arguably the biggest decision a person makes in her life. With parenthood comes a profound responsibility that ranges from protecting to educating. While countless joys accompany parenting, there are costs too — and they take effect even before birth.  

  • The Ultimate Multimedia Tablet with an Improved, Intuitive Interface and Faster Web Browsing

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ematic, a leader in value tablets, announced today the release of the eGlide XL Pro 2, its latest feature-packed, 10” Android-powered tablet

     
  • The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Announces Major Gifts From Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences received separate $10 million gifts from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.