School Bus Driver Arrested on More Charges for Houston County, Georgia, Crash
HOUSTON COUNTY, GA. – October 23, 2018 (macon.com) A former Houston County, Georgia, school bus driver was arrested October 23 on additional criminal charges stemming from a January 2018 crash that killed a student. The story is reported online at macon.com.*
On January 29, 2018, Shalita Jackson Harris, 30, of Warner Robins, Georgia, was driving a 2000 Bluebird school bus northbound on Forest Park Drive in Houston County. She attempted to navigate a left curve in the road at too high a speed and lost control of the bus. The bus left the roadway and crashed onto its side. A first-grade student riding the bus was ejected and sustained critical injuries. The student died the following morning at the Medical Center, Navicent Health.
In February, Harris was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving. The judge overseeing her case set a $10,000 bond, and Harris was released on bond pending trial. In May, Harris was indicted on the existing charges, as well as the additional charges of driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain a lane. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest on the new charges, according to Houston County Superior Court records.
On October 23, five months after the warrant was issued, Harris was arrested on the additional charges. She was released on the original bond within an hour of her arrest. She is not allowed to drive as a condition of her bond. It is not yet clear why the arrest took place so long after the indictment and warrant issuance.
Vehicular homicide is a felony in Georgia, but the other charges Harris faces are misdemeanors. A court date has not been set in the criminal case. A separate civil case is also pending in connection with the accident, which was filed against Harris and Houston County Schools in March.
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