In Knoxville, Tennessee, late last year, three victims were killed in a tragic school bus accident. The accident involved two school buses, one of which was driven by 48-year-old, James Davenport, who suddenly made a left turn into oncoming traffic. His school bus struck another school bus in the side, toppling the vehicle and immediately killing three people: two students and a teacher’s aide.
Davenport suffered serious injuries in the wreck, and passed away on June 1. Although it isn’t clear what caused his death (it was initially declared a “natural death”), it has been assumed the cause was the injuries he sustained in the crash.
Since the crash in December, the authorities have been investigating this wreck in an attempt to figure out how and why the wreck occurred. It turns out, the 48-year-old was texting while driving in the build-up to the crash, and the investigation concludes that this is why the wreck happened.
Such a senseless crash that caused such senseless loss of life. Texting while driving by a school bus driver? This is what we have come to?
Look, we’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: just don’t text and drive. It isn’t worth it. You can respond to your friend or loved one later. Taking out your cellphone while you are in the driver’s seat of a car isn’t just dangerous — it’s irresponsible and it could make you liable for any crash that you are involved in.
Source: WBIR, “Deadly distraction: school bus driver texting caused fatal crash,” Jim Matheny, June 5, 2015