GALVESTON, TX — An investigation into a fatal school bus accident has revealed that the driver was not paying attention to the road when she hit a pedestrian.
According to a detective who reviewed a videotape of the accident, the substitute driver was reading papers on her lap and never looked toward the road when a pedestrian crossed the street on May 11.
The findings led Galveston police to issue an arrest warrant for driver Gwendolyn Joyce Rivers, 50, who surrendered Thursday morning at police headquarters.
Rivers, who had been driving a Galveston Independent School District bus carrying 28 Ball High School students, was charged with criminally negligent homicide – a felony crime – in the death of pedestrian George Allen Hackett, 75, who died at the scene of the accident.
Luckily, none of the students on the bus were injured in the incident.
Rivers was released from the Galveston County Jail on $5,000 bond. If convicted, she could face between 180 days to two years in state jail and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
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