Boy, 6, Struck And Killed By School Bus At Chattanooga Valley Elementary School

Monday, April 14, 2014

A six-year-old boy was struck and killed by a school bus at Chattanooga Valley Elementary School on Monday morning.

Authorities said the kindergarten student had just gotten off the bus when it moved forward and struck him.

Walker County Coroner Dewayne Wilson said he was killed immediately in the 7 a.m. incident.

Sheriff Steve Wilson conducted a press conference across from the school at Chattanooga Valley Presbyterian Church on Monday morning. He said the parents of the student were inside the church receiving counseling.

A number of counselors were sent to the school to deal with students and faculty.

Sgt. Tommy Sturdivan of the Georgia Patrol's SCRT Team said there was a preliminary interview with the bus driver. He said there may be a follow-up interview.

He said it would be up to the district attorney's office on whether charges should be filed.

Sgt. Sturdivan said he had obtained video from the bus and from the school, but had not yet viewed them.

He said the school bus will undergo a DOT inspection.  

Sheriff Wilson asked the pastor of the church, Dan Gilchrist, to open the press conference with prayer.

The sheriff said, "This morning just after 7 o'clock I got a phone call that no law enforcement officer ever wants to get."

A nearby resident said officers and emergency workers who dealt with the tragedy appeared to be in shock.  

 

 


Get Emailed Headlines From Chattanoogan.com; Like Us On Facebook, Twitter For Instant News

We send out headlines each day of the latest Chattanooga news. Our news headlines have links that take you to the stories with a click. We also send out special emails if there is a highly significant local news story breaking so you will be aware of it quickly. To be added to the email headline list, just email us at news@chattanoogan.com In addition, like us on Facebook ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AARON, DARREL DEON  2111 APPLING ST CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 38 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga FAILURE TO APPEAR --- BEARDEN, CADE A  2212 NORTH FORK DRIVE SODDY DAISY, 37379  Age at Arrest: 18 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED ... (click for more)

Do Something To Protect Our Children

It is unconscionable in this day and age that these children had to exist in such deplorable conditions and that an innocent baby suffered and died alone in a locked car.  Yes, there is blame and accountability considering this family had child neglect charges filed a few years ago (that were apparently dropped and expunged) and a large part of the responsibility should ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Dear Friend Jake

Two weeks ago four of us piled in a car to go down to Canton, Ga., so we could tell Jake Butcher goodbye. Bob McKamey, former mayor Ron Littlefield, a dazzling guy named Steve Wilson, and myself. This would be the last time any of us would see Jake. It was a spectacular day and anyone who doesn’t believe in such goodbyes is missing out on the greatest moment in their life. It is ... (click for more)

Thompson, Bell Win Scenic City Scorcher Race

Saturday was another record-breaking day for runners in Chattanooga and we aren’t talking about the heat and humidity. It was the third-annual Scenic City Scorcher two-mile race held in flat and fast Heritage Landing where 48 of the 120 participants broke a Tennessee state record for their particular age. Christian Thompson was the overall winner for the second-straight year ... (click for more)

Complete Results From 2017 Scenic City Scorcher

**** OVERALL FEMALE **** Place Name                     Ag Div   Hometown             Guntime Pace      ===== ======================== == ===== ==================== ======= ===== ... (click for more)