A blood test conducted on Johnthony Walker, the driver involved in the Chattanooga fatal crash, has revealed that he was clean. On Monday, when news broke that Mr. Walker was speeding and the bus he was driving crashed and eventually split in two killing six little angels, many said that this man had to either be drunk or high.
Some even claimed that because he is black and has dreadlocks, his blood tests would reveal that he was both intoxicated and high on some illegal drug. The day of the accident, local police had revealed that Walker was not only cooperating with them, but he had also offered to take a blood test.
On Wednesday, officials at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said that a sample of Walker’s blood, which was examined moments after the crash showed zero trace of intoxicants. The 24-year-old has since been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, according to The Chattanooga Police Department. He has also been hit with reckless driving and reckless endangerment charges.
Along with the results of the blood work, it has also been revealed that Walker was not driving on the school’s designated bus route at the time of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board has also confirmed that Walker had been involved in a minor crash in September when he sideswiped another car.
Talking to local media, many parents said that they had warned Woodmore Elementary officials about Walker’s constant speeding, but they never took any disciplinary action against him. Craig Harris, a father of two children, who were on the bus, said:
“There has been times where I’ve seen him going a little faster than he probably should be going.”
A parent, who lost a child during the wreck, claimed that Walker asked the kids if they were ready to die seconds before hitting a pole and a tree. The mourning mother, who lost one of the three children she had on the bus, said:
“My daughter said, right before the bus flipped, that he was speeding around the curb, and asked them, ‘are y’all ready to die?’”
Walker has one person defending him in this horrific story, his mother, Gwenevere Cook, who said her son is a good person who was working two jobs, has never been in trouble, and has been taking care of his family. Cook explained:
“He was trying to get (the children) off the bus. All the bodies were limp.”
The recent developments in this tragedy are baffling for the community.