Mom of injured son files lawsuit against Chattanooga driver, school bus company

(Courtesy: Chattanooga Fire Department)
(Courtesy: Chattanooga Fire Department)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two days after five children were killed and several others injured in a bus crash in Chattanooga, a lawsuit has been filed against the school bus driver and Durham School Services.

The crash happened Monday afternoon, around 3:30 p.m. on Talley Road, not far from Woodmore Elementary School from where the bus was transporting 37 kids ranging from kindergarten and fifth grade.

Johnthony Walker (Courtesy: Chattanooga Police Department)
Johnthony Walker (Courtesy: Chattanooga Police Department)

The lawsuit was filed by Kimberly Boling, whose 8-year-old son was on the bus, and was injured in the crash.

It alleges the driver, Johnthony Walker, was “driving too fast” before the 24-year-old driver lost control, causing the bus to flip on its side and strike a tree and house.

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According to the document, Boling’s son “may have a permanent injury as a result of the injuries from this accident.”

The lawsuit also states the elementary student “suffered personal injuries, pain and suffering, and has suffered in body and mind, has incurred and will incur considerable medical and other expenses as a result of this accident, and has been deprived of the enjoyment of life.”

The lawsuit goes on to mention Boling has “incurred and will incur considerable medical and other expenses on behalf of her son as a result of this accident and has been deprived of the good and valuable services of her son.”

Boling is asking that a jury to determine the amount of damages both she and her son should receive.

(Courtesy: NTSB)
(Courtesy: NTSB)

Walker, the 24-year-old bus driver, has since been arrested and is charged with five counts of vehicular homicide.

The investigation is ongoing.

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