ATLANTA (AP) — The driver of a church bus from Alabama carrying dozens of high school students and adults that crashed in Georgia killing one person and injuring several others has been charged.
Fulton County Police told The Associated Press Thursday that the driver has been charged with homicide by vehicle and failure to maintain lane in the June 8 crash that killed 17-year-old Sarah Harmening.
The bus driver's lawyer, Jason Swindle Sr., identified his client in a statement as Jerry Sims.
Swindle said in a statement that the charges are misdemeanor traffic offenses because drugs and alcohol were not involved in the accident.
"Jerry, who is still recovering in the hospital, has received nothing but love and support from the families affected by the accident and the fellowship of the entire Christian community," Swindle said in the statement.
The Mount Zion Baptist Church bus from Huntsville, Alabama, was headed to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a student ministry mission trip to Africa. The bus collided with another vehicle on a four-lane road.